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10/07-2020

PHILIPPINES
Philippines top broadcaster ABS-CBN denied new licence.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53360925 (10 July 2020)
One of the Philippines' largest broadcasters, ABS-CBN, has been refused a new licence after being forced off air in May. On Friday, an overwhelming majority of a parliamentary committee rejected as "undeserving" ABS-CBN's request for a 25-year extension of its franchise. Government critics say the refusal is directly connected to the channel's criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte. [...]
Hansjörg Biener to WOR groups.io (2020-07-10)


09/07-2020

LUXEMBOURG
Re. rumours abt RTL LW 234 kHz (2020-06-02) Rémy Friess has responded at longwaveradiolistening@groups.io:
"These rumours have been going on since Europe1 closed its longwave transmitter. But the station has never confirmed any of these.
However the station seems to go on reduced power every evening. This has been going on for months. At 1820 UTC (1920 UTC in the winter) ±2 minutes there is a break in transmission of about 5 seconds. Then the signal comes back with lower power."
Mike Terry to WOR groups.io (2020-07-09)

TURKMENISTAN
Probably the only remaining AM transmitter in the country on 279 kHz has been operating very irregularly and even then with hardly any modulation.
WRTHmonitor June 2020 updates (2020-07-09)

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
Radio Visión Cristiana is rebuilding their transmitting station which operated earlier on 530 kHz.
WRTHmonitor June 2020 updates (2020-07-09)

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Radio Asia has stopped operation on 1476 kHz and moved to 94.7 MHz.
WRTHmonitor June 2020 updates (2020-07-09)


07/07-2020

NORTH MACEDONIA
Medium wave switched off in North Macedonia. The list of countries in which AM broadcasting has ended now also include North Macedonia.
At least since June 25, 2020, the 810 kHz Ovce Pole medium wave transmitter in Lozovo southeast of Skopje has not been in operation.
https://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/medienmagazin/radio_
news/beitraege/2020/mazedonien.html?fbclid=IwAR2Hgh3zCNML tfH0c
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Kai Ludwig
in Radio-News of Radio Eins (2020-07-03)


05/07-2020

ISRAEL
Our man on the spot in northern Israel confirms that the 10 kW transmitter on 1458 kHz at She'ar Yashuv, which used to carry Reshet Alef or KAN TARBUT (Culture Network), has now been reactivated, but with a different channel, KAN MORESHET (Heritage Network). It is parallel with 100.7 (Haifa) and 90.8 (Kohav Hayarden). The primary target is the far northern town of Kiryat Shmona, as well as the settlements on the Golan Heights that the FM signals do not reach.
Ray Robinson, Voice of Hope World Radio Network, Americas/Africa/Middle East
www.voiceofhope.com to WOR groups.io (2020-07-05)

ISRAEL
WRTH Monitor domestic updates as of June 18:
All other medium wave transmitters except She’ar Yashuv on 1458 kHz have been closed.
Glenn Hauser, WOR groups.io (2020-07-05)

ITALY
1485 kHz Radio Studio X.
I heard this station in BENEVENTO south Italy Friday night with a cheap chinese radio KNSTAR KN-257 with hearphone. Little signal, long fading.
Carlo Tenga (2020-07-05)


04/07-2020

ITALY
1485 kHz Radio Studio X is on air from Livorno (Tuscany). Heard in Bocca di Magra and Lodi (Alessandro Capra). It is licensed, see Mise list in pdf:
https://www.mise.gov.it/images/stories/documenti/A-SINCRONE_ASSEGNATE.pdf
Giampiero Bernardini in MWC fb group 2020-06-13.
Thanks to Dave from UK for drawing the attention to this (2020-07-04)

AUSTRALIA
Vision Christian Radio in now on 1620 Brisbane (ex Rete Italia) // 1053kHz.
Ian to mwmasts groups.io (2020-07-04)


03/07-2020

FINLAND
Scandinavian Weekend Radio is celebrating its 20th anniversay with 48 hours of transmission, July 3rd and 4th, 2020.
The frequencies are MW 1602kHz as well as some SW and FM frequencies.
http://swradio.net
Ydun Ritz (2020-07-03)

UNITED KINGDOM
Big radio switch-off is delayed until 2032. Big radio switch-off is delayed again: AM and FM stations will be available on old devices for another decade as switchover from analogue to digital is put off until 2032.
Radio fans will be able to carry on listening to FM and AM radio stations on older devices in cars and at home until 2032, ministers announced yesterday.
New legislation will mean another delay in scrapping the analogue signal.br/> Media regulator Ofcom will renew all commercial analogue licences – which had been due to expire in 2022 – for another decade.
Nearly 60 per cent of all radio listening is now done through digital but analogue still has a loyal listenership of millions who tune into FM and AM.
Analogue had been due to begin turning off in 2015 but this was put on hold as a result of slower than expected take-up of digital radio.
A switchover date was then due to be looked at once digital accounted for half of all listening – a target hit in 2018.
Yesterday's announcement came after the Government had to decide what to do when a number of national analogue licences, including those for Classic FM and TalkSport, expire in 2022.
Ministers will let Ofcom renew the analogue licences for a further ten-year period – if the stations also broadcast on digital radio.
The changes only affect analogue commercial radio services as digital radio is subject to different arrangements. The BBC's radio stations are not subject to the rules.
Media Minister John Whittingdale said: 'As we move into an increasingly digital world, we're making sure the licensing landscape for radio is fair and up-to-date and allows audiences to enjoy a wide range of high-quality stations. 'Today's step ensures there is no disruption for loyal listeners of treasured FM and AM radio services, such as Classic FM, Absolute Radio and TalkSport, over the next decade.
We will soon be turning our attention to providing similar long-term certainty to support the future growth of digital radio.'
The Government said that the move 'clarifies the long-term licensing arrangements for FM and AM radio services' as the shift to digital radio continues.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8485629/Radio-fans-listen-FM-decade-digital-switchover-off.html
Daily Mail By Paul Revoir 3 July 2020
Mike Terry to WOR groups.io (2020-07-03)

AUSTRALIA
1377kHz Melbourne now 3MP (now owned and operated by ACE broadcasters).
The switch-over from SEN to 3MP supposedly occurred at 1800hrs LT. July 3rd, 2020.
Ian (AUS) to mwmasts groups.io (2020-07-03)

AUSTRALIA
SEN Track Melbourne is now on air on 1593kHz (ex Niche Radio Network) Melbourne, some hours earlier than announced.
I believe Niche Radio Network in Melbourne is now being carried on DAB+ in Melbourne.
Ian to mwmasts groups.io (2020-07-03)


02/07-2020

GERMANY
As of July 1st the small transmitter JOE from Erlangen has gone up 9 kHz to 1485 kHz, to avoid disturbing 1476 kHz Museumssender from Bad Ischl in the evenings, operator Ralph Oppelt reports in our A-DX list.
Seit heute sendet der kleine JOE 9 kHz höher auf 1485 kHz, damit man abends den 1476 kHz Museumssender aus Bad Ischl hier im Raum Erlangen/Fürth/Nürnberg auch hören kann, berichtet der Betreiber Ralph Oppelt in unserer A-DX Liste.
https://www.radiomuseum.org/forum/mw_sender_joe_sendet_ab_01072020_auf_1485_khz_1.html
Christoph-DXer
in A-DX Fernempfang fb group (2020-07-02)


30/06-2020

UNITED KINGDOM
More to the UK MW history.
Langley Mill 1152, which started as BRMB Radio, is the first of the original batch of heritage UK ILR transmitters that have been on air since 1974.
Sedgley 990khz was on air from 1976 but was the last of the first wave of ILRs. Sedgley 990 was Beacon Radio. This closed on 30 April.
Rainford 1546 was Radio City.
But most of the remaining MW heritage sites for ILR have stayed the same. Exceptions were London Lot's Road which moved to Saffron Green and Rainford that changed to Bebington on 1994. That TX closed on 31 May 2020.
James Robinson (2020-06-30)

UNITED KINGDOM
Both 1359 kHz [Greatest Hits Radio West Midlands (Coventry and Warwickshire)] serving Coventry, plus Langley Mill 1152 (Absolute Classic Rock) have ceased.
1359 went off at 1231 UK time (1131 UTC). Langley Mill went off air completely at 1214 UK time (1114 UTC).
The licences [both belonging to Bauer Media] were surrendred back to Ofcom.
James Robinson (2020-06-30)


29/06-2020

NORTH MACEDONIA
810 Skopje is off the air.
Checked for 4 successive days with no signal.
https://sites.google.com/site/zliangas/sdr
Zacharias Liangas in WOR Groups.io (2020-06-29)


26/06-2020

UNITED KINGDOM
Tune in for more nostalgia with another of our monthly Radio Caroline North broadcasts this weekend 27th-28th June.
You'll hear all the best music from the 60s – early 90s, plus the chance to win some goodies from our Web Shop, this time kindly sponsored by Felixstowe and Offshore Radio, together with Felixstowe Museum.
Sadly again, due to 'social distancing' restrictions, we still can't use our radio-ship Ross Revenge, so this broadcast will be land-based.
Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM in the North and North-West courtesy of our friends at Manx Radio and around the world online here, with the Radio Caroline app or on smart speakers.
We'd love to hear from during the broadcast via memories@radiocaroline.co.uk and remember, it's the only email address that gets you straight through to our 'North' broadcasters directly.
Radio Caroline website http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/ (2020-06-26)

NEW ZEALAND
GOLD Radio NZ will be broadcast nationwide on both FM and AM networks - lock in your local frequency below ready for July 1.
On the FM you’ll hear GOLD playing All The Greatest Hits all the time.
Over on the AM, GOLD will bring you the best of Sport and Rural along with All The Greatest Hits in between.
Northland 729 kHz
Auckland 1332 kHz
Tauranga 1521 kHz
Waikato 792 kHz
Rotorua 1350 kHz
New Plymouth 774 kHz
Whanganui 1062 kHz
Hawke's Bay 1125 kHz
Manawatu 1089 kHz
Wellington 1503 kHz
Nelson 549 kHz
Christchurch 1503 kHz
Ashburton 702 kHz
Timaru 1494 kHz
Dunedin 693 kHz
Southland 558 kHz
Plus, you can listen anywhere at any time on iHeartRadio. Looking forward to being on the airwaves with you all soon.
Svenn Martinsen in DX-LISTENERS' CLUB fb group (2020-06-26)


25/06-2020

CANADA
On 22 June 2020, the CRTC extended the licences of CBC for Radio and TV. (https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2020/2020-201.htm). This includes the following AM stations („as of June 2020“) (frequencies added by HjB from CBC sources, transmitter power added from WRTH). Interestingly CKZU and CKZN also appear in the CRTC list.
British Columbia
540 kHz CBKO Coal Harbour (CBCV-FM Victoria/CBC 1)
540 kHz CBYW Wells/Barkerville (CBYG‐FM Prince George/CBC 1)
630 kHz CBKU Sayward (CBCV-FM Victoria/CBC 1)
690 kHz (25 kW) CBU Vancouver (CBC 1)
740 kHz CBUN Salmo (CBTK-FM Kelowna/CBC 1)
860 kHz (10 kW) CFPR Prince Rupert (Prince George/CBC 1)
860 kHz CBKJ Gold River (CBCV-FM Victoria/CBC 1)
860 kHz CBKM Blue River (CBYK-FM Kamloops/CBC 1)
860 kHz CBKZ Clearwater (CBYK-FM Kamloops/CBC 1)
860 kHz CBTG Gold Bridge (CBYK-FM Kamloops/CBC 1)
860 kHz CBUG Kaslo (CBTK-FM Kelowna/CBC 1)
860 kHz CBUP Merritt (CBYK-FM Kamloops/CBC 1)
900 kHz CBRK Kimberley (CBTK-FM Kelowna/CBC 1)
920 kHz CBKG Granisle (CBYG‐FM Prince George/CBC 1)
920 kHz CBWF Mackenzie (CBYG‐FM Prince George/CBC 1)
990 kHz CBKN Shalalth (CBYK-FM Kamloops/CBC 1)
1150 kHz CBXA Mica Dam (CBYK-FM Kamloops/CBC 1)
1170 kHz CBRH New Hazelton (CFPR Prince Rupert/CBC 1)
1350 kHz CBKY Keremeos (CBTK-FM Kelowna/CBC 1)
1350 kHz CBRZ Bralorne (CBYK-FM Kamloops/CBC 1)
1450 kHz CBKA Stewart (CFPR Prince Rupert/CBC 1)
6160 kHz CKZU Vancouver
Alberta
740 kHz (50 kW) CBX Edmonton (CBC 1)
1010 kHz (50 kW) CBR Calgary (CBC 1)
Saskatchewan
540 kHz (50 kW) CBK Regina (CBC 1)
690 kHz (5 kW) CBKF-1 Gravelbourg (CBKF‐FM Regina/Ici 1)
860 kHz (10 kW) CBKF-2 Saskatoon (CBKF‐FM Regina/Ici 1)
Manitoba
860 kHz CKSB-2 St. Lazare (CKSB Winnipeg/Ici 1)
990 kHz (50 kW) CBW Winnipeg (CBC 1)
1230 kHz CHFC Churchill (CBWK‐FM Thompson/Ici 1)
Ontario
690 CBES Ignace (CBQT-FM Thunder Bay/CBC 1)
690 kHz CBOI Ear Falls (CBQT-FM Thunder Bay/CBC 1)
860 kHz (50 kW) CJBC Toronto (Ici 1)
1090 kHz CBON-12 Mattawa (CBON‐FM Sudbury/Ici)
1240 CBLE Beardmore (CBQT-FM Thunder Bay/CBC 1)
1240 kHz CBLO Mattawa (CBCS‐FM Sudbury/CBC 1)
1340 kHz CBLB Schreiber (CBQT-FM Thunder Bay/CBC 1)
1400 kHz CBOF-4 Rolphton (CBOF-FM Ottawa/Ici 1)
1450 kHz CBLF Foleyet (CBCS‐FM Sudbury/CBC 1)
1550 kHz (10 kW) CBEF Windsor (Ici 1)
Quebec
710 kHz CBOM Maniwaki (CBO-FM Ottawa/CBC 1)
710 kHz CBF-17 Lac Édouard (CBF‐FM‐8 Trois‐Rivières/Ici 1)
990 kHz CBF-16 Clova (CBF‐FM‐8 Trois‐Rivières/Ici 1)
1130 kHz CBSI-23 Port-Menier (CBSI‐FM Sept‐Îles/Ici 1)
1140 kHz CBJ-2 Chapais (CBJ‐FM Saguenay/Chicoutimi/Ici 1)
1140 kHz CBF-4 Matagami (CHLM‐FM Rouyn‐Noranda /Ici 1)
1350 kHz CBSI-14 Aguanish (CBSI‐FM Sept‐Îles/Ici 1)
1400 kHz CBMD Chapais (CBVE‐FM Québec/CBC 1)
Nova Scotia
1140 kHz (CBC 1) CBI Sydney (CBC 1)
Newfoundland and Labrador
540 kHz (10 kW) CBT Grand Falls/Windor (CBC 1)
640 kHz (10 kW) CBN St. John’s (CBC 1)
750 kHz (10 kW) CBGY Bonavista Bay (CBG Gander/CBC 1)
990 kHz (10 kW) CBY Corner Brook (CBC 1)
1400 kHz (4 kW) CBG Gander (CBC 1)
6160 kHz CKZN-SW St. John’s (CFGB‐FM Happy Valley—Goose Bay/CBC 1)
Yukon
560 kHz CBDN Dawson City (CFWH-FM Whitehorse/CBC 1)
690 kHz CBDM Beaver Creek (CFWH-FM Whitehorse/CBC 1)
940 kHz CBDK Teslin (CFWH-FM Whitehorse/CBC 1)
990 kHz CBDB Watson Lake (CFWH-FM Whitehorse/CBC 1)
990 kHz CBQF Carmacks (CFWH-FM Whitehorse/CBC 1)
990 kHz CBQJ Ross River (CFWH-FM Whitehorse/CBC 1)
Northwest Territories
860 kHz (1 kW) CHAK Inuvik (CBC 1)
1280 kHz CBQG Wrigley (CBC 1 Yellowknife/CBC 1)
Nunavut
640 kHz CBIA Gjoa Haven (CFFB Iqaluit/CBC 1)
1230 kHz CFFB Iqaluit (CBC 1)
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2020-06-25)


24/06-2020

AUSTRALIA
More MW changes beginning next month.
Brisbane 1053 AM changing soon to 1620 AM: https://vision.org.au/radio/stations/brisbane/
CrocMedia P/L (SEN) own the 1053kHz licence.
Ian (AUS) via mwmasts Groups.io (2020-06-24)


23/06-2020

UNITED KINGDOM
A short note to inform, BBC Radio Scotland transmission on 585kHz for Dumfries & Galloway has now ceased.
Transmitter now off air.
Willie Bone (2020-06-23)

UNITED STATES / MEXICO
The FCC’s International Bureau today dismissed an application to deliver Mandarin Chinese programming from a studio located in Irwindale, California to XEWW-AM in Mexico for rebroadcast back into the United States.
The application was dismissed because the parties failed to include in their application a key participant, Phoenix Radio, which produces the Mandarin programming in its studio. Phoenix Radio is partially owned by two entities with Chinese government ownership, Extra Steps I nvestment Limited and China Wise International Limited. The parties have 48 hours to cease broadcast operations related to this application.
The Bureau formally dismissed the Permit to Deliver Programs to Foreign Broadcast Stations (section 325(c)) application of GLR Southern California and H&H Group USA as deficient as the application failed to include Phoenix Radio, LLC, as an applicant. Phoenix Radio’s known activities at this broadcast programming studio are such that, without reviewing its role as an applicant, the FCC could not evaluate the proposed service. Specifically, the broadcast programming subject to this application is supplied, created, and produced in a studio used, owned, and maintained by Phoenix Radio.
The Bureau also dismissed an associated request to renew Special Temporary Authority to operate pending Commission action on the underlying section 325(c) application. The intent of the application was that the programming would be transmitted from the studio to XEWW-AM in Rosarito, Baja California Norte, Mexico and then broadcast back into the United States.
If such a revised application is filed that includes Phoenix Radio as an applicant, the Commission would review it under applicable law, including determining whether the grant of the application would serve the public interest under Section 309 of the Communications Act.
Washington, June 22, 2020 https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-365056A1.pdf
Mike Terry via WOR Groups.io (2020-06-23)

Actual delegated authority order here:
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-649A1.pdf
Chief of the International Bureau seemingly forgot a signature block but this is also a redacted copy.
Stephen Michael Kellat via WOR Groups.io (2020-06-23)

GREECE
A rare guest in the medium-wave band is active again: "Radio Nove Thessaloniki" from Greece on 1.206 kHz can be heard around 20 UT.
Yes, Radio 9's announcement is in Italian. The station was last heard December 2019; since Israel switched off its transmitter in Akko, the frequency has been relatively free.
Translated from German:
"Ein seltener Gast im Mittelwellenband ist wieder aktiv: "Radio Nove Thessaloniki" aus Griechenland auf 1.206 kHz ist gegen 20 Uhr UT zu hören. Ja, die Ansage von Radio 9 ist in Italienisch. Zuletzt gehört wurde die Station letzten Dezember, seit Israel seinen Sender in Akko abgeschaltet hat ist die Frequenz relativ frei."
From Christoph-DXer via Svenn Martinsen in DX_LISTENERS' CLUB fb group (2020-06-22)


21/06-2020

ICELAND
Summer solstice bandscan
I took the radio outside some time after 23Z in calm and dry weather.
There was some local interference on the LW band so I could only check it in part. This time, there was no noise on 162 kHz so it was actually slightly easier to listen to BBC using the Luxembourg impression than directly on 198 kHz where Eiðar (207 kHz) interfered.
It being summer, there were no wall-to-wall burners on the MW band. Most of the listenable stations were the more powerful Brits except for a Spanish-sounding one on 1296 kHz. There were several audible stations but only barely so.
And that's about the lot of it for this time of the year.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2020-06-21)


18/06-2020

UNITED STATES
640 WNNZ Westfield MA
Does anyone who follows MW broadcasting know if this station has reduced its daytime power or changed its antenna pattern. I used to pick up this 50kW NPR affiliated daytimer with ease here during daylight hours in the Albany NY area. Now I find it’s almost impossible to hear.
Thanks.
John Figliozzi to WOR Groups.io (2020-06-18)


17/06-2020

IRELAND
Re. item of 14/6 Spirit Radio 549KHz. The Harris DX25U transmitter damaged on the 10th of June in a lightning storm has returned to full service today Tuesday the 16th of June 2020 at 18:00 local time.
Spirit Radio lost the 549KHz AM service on the 10th of June 2020 at 11:50 local time, a reduced power service was restored on the 12th of June 16:00 local time.
Peter Leach (2020-06-16)


16/06-2020

CANADA
(CRTC) More ethnic programming requested for CJLV 1570 Laval.
Radio Humsafar Incorporated has applied to increase the allowable amount of ethnic programming on CJLV 1570 Laval from 25% to 40% during the broadcast week. 60% of the total programming will remain French, while the remaining 40% will cater to 12 ethnic groups in 4 different languages. The applicant states that the changes are necessary to remain financially viable.
Canadian Radio News FB group (2020-06-16)

USA
WTZA AM 1010 kHz Atlanta, GA USA on at high power at night.
Recently WTZA AM 1010 kHz in Atlanta, Georgia USA signed on simulcasting the Radio Punjab network. It is normally a 50 kW AM station during the day. However, the station is failing to drop down to its 78 watts at night. It is staying at its 50 kW daytime power (or maybe the critical hours power of 45 kW) throughout the night.
The station should be easy to receive at least in the southeast U.S. I was able to verify this on KiwiSDRs located in NC and Key West, FL.
Confusingly, the station broadcasts a station ID at the top of the hour as KTXV AM 890 in Dallas, TX. The ID is in English. Apparently, relaying an online feed from this Rado Punjab affiliate. No local station ID has been heard since it signed on with this format in late May. Radio Punjab broadcasts in the Punjabi and other south Asian languages with some commercials in English.
Harry S. Atlanta, Georgia USA in WOR Groups.io (2020-06-15)


15/6-2020

ALGERIA
Since the first days of June 2020, Alger Chaîne I on 891 kHz is off.
The 1422 and 981 outlets continue as always.
Guillermo Sáez Valencia, Kingdom of Spain (2020-06-15)


14/06-2020

IRELAND
Spirit Radio 549KHz.
Mid April the main Tram 50 Transmitter failed on 549KHz, local engineer was unable to repair, so the standby Harris DX 25 had the covers removed and put back into service. I still think the Harris has a better sound than the Tram 50 unit. Due to Lockdown etc it was decided to wait until Autumn yearly visit to repair and carry out the WWW (windy wet winter) checks.
Then Wednesday 10th of June a lightning storm in the area took the Harris off air. A mast light at 42 metres level on the main tower is missing and part of an electrode on the mast base insulator lightning protection system is also damaged, time to get the angle gridder out! Also all fuses on the 3 phase supply L1&L2 had blown!
The Tram 50 (main TX) was saved by the fact it was not in operation, this is now back in service on reduced power until spares hopefully arrive on 15th of June to complete repairs to the Tram 50.
14 hour working days are taking place at the moment to repair and make the site safe, hopefully restore the Harris transmitter which took a hit via both the antenna and electricity supply.
All internal boards on the Harris have to be removed, test and if possible repaired. 64 RF amplifiers boards to inspect / repair is just the start of the work.
I enjoy a good challenge.....
Peter Leach (2020-06-14)


13-06-2020

CANADA
CHHA-1610 Toronto cuts back on Spanish language programming.
CHHA is now running large blocks of Punjabi programming, including Overnight when Spanish programming formally greeted most DXers. From what I heard from Edmonton, the "Punjab content" overnights is continuous Punjabi pop vocals with 2-4 breaks an hour for commercials and announcements.
A reply from the station indicates they are still running 6250 watts, even though they were recently approved to increase to 10KW with the same West-facing directional pattern on the same single tower with the null created by powering the Eastern guy wire.
https://www.facebook.com/rwcrn/photos/a.191085784264112/3126839410688720/?type=3&theater
Canadian Radio News fb group (2020-06-13)

PAKISTAN
The federal government in Islamabad has allocated a sum of Rs360.908 million for the Information and Broadcasting Division under the Public Sector Development Programme 2020-2021, including Rs50 million foreign aid.
For modernisation of camera and production equipment of state run TV, Rs100 million have been allocated, and for the establishment of 100KW Medium Wave Radio Station in Gwadar Rs40 million been earmarked.
According to the budgetary document released Friday, the government has allocated Rs300 million for the nine ongoing schemes and Rs60.908 million including Rs50 million foreign aid for one new scheme of Information and Broadcasting Division.
Moreover, Rs40 million each have been allocated for rehabilitation of Medium Wave services from Muzaffarabad (AJK) and replacement of Medium Wave Transmitter at Mirpur. Another Rs25.412 million have been earmarked for rebroadcast station, at Kharan (Balochistan).
For only new scheme of the division, a pilot project DTMB-A-Digitalisation of Terrestrial Network of state run TV (Chinese Grant in Aid) Rs60.918 million have been allocated, out of which Rs50 million is foreign aid and Rs10.908 million local component of it.
The News Pakistan (2020-06-13)


12/06-2020

U K
I live in the DG3 post code area and can confirm the closure message loop was still running on the BBC Radio Scotland 585kHz frequency at 6pm on June 11th, serving parts of the Dumfries and Galloway (D&G) region.
The 810kHz transmission from Westerglen is audible in parts of the region for BBC Radio Scotland, but unlike the 585kHz frequency, it does not provide the D&G regional opt out service!
The Sandale transmitter in Cumbria and its D&G subordinates carry BBC Radio Scotland's FM service, including the D&G opt outs. There is no local DAB multiplex within D&G.
Willie Bone (2020-06-11)


11/06-2020

GUAM
It seems that KUAM Isla 63 (630 kHz) in Guam has gone silent as per May 1st 2020.
Fortunately, 567 KHz KGUM (10 kW) Guam is still on air.
https://www.kuam.com/story/42023746/chamoru-radio-trailblazer-isla-63-am-to-cease-broadcasting-on-may-1
https://www.kuam.com/story/11095354/isla63-am-your-island-pride-station
Entries in ICDX-AM groups.io (11/6-2020)

U K
Two articles from The Guardian telling the sad story about the fast decline of the MW radio stations in the UK.
June 10th: Life under lockdown has reminded us of the value of local radio. But stations are being killed off to save money.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/10/local-broadcasting-regional-radio-tv-shows-local-communities?CMP= Share_AndroidApp_Bufferesquandfbclid=IwAR21E3jKtRb67Gg-_SUNAHSOYh-yeeyT25842nKSLADX9SabdS82vnsUt5k
May 27th: Dozens of local radio stations to vanish across England
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/may/27/local-radio-regional-stations-england-bauer-rebranding-national-network
Ydun Ritz
(11/6-2020)

U K
I can confirm the announcement on 585kHz Dumfries [BBC Radio Scotland] appeared on 9 June 2020.
I do not yet know the date it is being turned off.
James Robinson (10/6-2020)

Maybe it already has taken place? Seen this on BBC website
"The areas that will be affected from the 9th June are:
Redmoss (Aberdeen) 810kHz
Listeners can re-tune to 93.1 MHz or 93.8 MHz FM
If listeners want to hear the MW schedule, they can use DAB or TV
Dumfries 585kHz
Listeners can re-tune to 94.7 MHz FM
If listeners want to hear the MW schedule, they can use 810 kHz MW or TV"
Ydun Ritz (11/6-2020)

10/06-2020

U K
Closures of some Scottish BBC local radio medium wave services.
The BBC is committed to a digital future for radio, and in the past few years we have funded local DAB expansion, made all local radio stations available on digital terrestrial TV (such as Freeview), and we have transformed our online and mobile offering with BBC Sounds.
The majority of radio listening in the UK – including the BBC – is now digital, and digital listening is continuing to grow. We want to make our services available to you when and how you want them, but it’s also right that the BBC continues to ensure that the ways we distribute our services represent good value for money for you, the licence fee payer.
We know that the changes will impact some of you, and we want to make sure that people listening to these transmissions will be able to use other methods to hear the same programmes.
All stations which will be affected will continue to be on FM and digital outputs (such as DAB, digital television, or online). For most people, re-tuning their radios or cars to FM or DAB is likely to be the simplest solution.
You can check our problem assistant tool to get more information on how to access all BBC services in your area.

The areas that will be affected from the 9th June are:
Redmoss (Aberdeen) 810kHz
Listeners can re-tune to 93.1 MHz or 93.8 MHz FM. If listeners want to hear the MW schedule, they can use DAB or TV.
Dumfries 585kHz
Listeners can re-tune to 94.7 MHz FM. If listeners want to hear the MW schedule, they can use 810 kHz MW or TV.
Alternatively listeners can use BBC Sounds.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/work-warning/news/closures-of-some-scottish-bbc-local-radio-medium-wave-services via
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener
(10/6-2020)

SWEDEN
The annual transmission on Alexanderson Day with the Alexanderson Alternator on VLF 17.2 kHz with the call sign SAQ will take place Sunday, July 5th, 2020.
Two transmissions are scheduled as follows:
Startup and tuning at 10:30 (08:30 UTC) with a transmission of a message at 11:00 (09:00 UTC).
Startup and tuning at 13:30 (11:30 UTC) with a transmission of a message at 14:00 (12:00 UTC).
Watch both transmission events live on our YouTube Channel.
QSL-reports to SAQ (please no E-mails) are kindly received via:

– Reception report form
– or via: SM bureau
– or direct by postal mail to:
Alexander Association
Radiostationen
Grimeton 72
SE-432 98 GRIMETON, S W E D E N

The Amateur Radio Station with the call “SK6SAQ” will be QRV on the following frequencies:
– 7.035 kHz CW or
– 14.035 kHz CW or
– 3.755 kHz SSB

QSL-reports to SK6SAQ are kindly received via:
– Email to info@alexander.n.se
– or via: SM bureau
– or direct by postal mail (see address above)

Two stations will be on the air most of the time.
Due to the Corona pandemic, there will be no visitors to the radio station and there will be no visitor activities. Instead you can watch both transmission events live on our YouTube Channel. The association will try to carry out the two broadcasts to the world from the old Alexanderson alternator SAQ with minimal staffing in place.
World Heritage Grimeton Radio station and The Alexander Association.
For further details, se grimeton.org or alexander.n.se
https://alexander.n.se/alexanderson-day-2020/?lang=en
Mike Terry to WOR groups.io (9/6-2020)

U K
I have just noticed tonight that BBC Radio Scotland has the local ID / loop tape on 585. (well it won't be a tape nowadays, but we can still call it that).
Not sure when that came on. Or how long before sign off.
Wonder what other AM BBC locals might go this year??
Ken Baird, dxarchive.com/mw (9/6-2020)


09/06-2020

CANADA
The CRTC has extended the licences of several medium wave stations until 31 August 2027. This includes the following 50 kW stations.
680 kHz CFTR Toronto „680 news“ (https://www.680news.com, Stream https://player.680news.com)
740 kHz CFZM Toronto „Zoomer Radio“ (https://www.zoomerradio.ca)
1130 kHz CKWX Vancouver „news 1130“ (https://www.citynews1130.com, Stream https://player.news1130.com)
1310 kHz CIWW Ottawa „1310 news“ (https://www.1310news.com, Stream https://player.1310news.com)
CRTC via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/6-2020)

CANADA
"Evanov Radio Group Inc. Montréal, Quebec
Application 2020-0262-4, received 12 May 2020
CHRF Montréal [980 kHz] – Revocation of licence
Evanov Radio Group Inc. has requested the revocation of the broadcasting licence for its French-language AM radio programming undertaking CHRF Montréal, Quebec, effective 31 May 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
The licence for the undertaking was originally granted in AM radio stations in Montréal, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-721, 17 October 2011.
Given the licensee’s request and pursuant to sections 9(1)(e) and 24(2) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission revokes the broadcasting licence issued to Evanov Radio Group Inc for CHRF Montréal.
Secretary General"
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2020/2020-177.htm 1 June 2020 via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
(9/6-2020)


06/06-2020

NETHERLANDS
Radio Extra Gold
Sunday 9.00-10.00 (U.K. time 8.00-9.00) we will go back in time to June 7, 1986 with Ad Roberts and "Oud en new" on Radio Monique.
From 11.00-12.00 on 1008 kHz MW in Achterhoek and Twente on United AM.
Website; http://www.extragold.nl/
Listen via our Player; http://www.extragold.nl/play
For more Radio Extra Gold; https://www.facebook.com/extragoldnl
Jose Miguel Romero in MWC fb group (6/6-2020)


05/06-2020

AUSTRALIA
Changes ahead:
ACE Radio to purchase 1377AM Melbourne from Pacific Star
https://www.radiotoday.com.au/ace-radio1377am-melbourne/

Craig Hutchison’s sports network SEN has acquired 2CH Sydney
https://radiotoday.com.au/sen-acquires-2ch/

Sports broadcaster SEN’s parent company Pacific Star Network (trading as Crocmedia) has announced its expansion into Sydney with the acquisition of the 2CH 1170 AM radio licence and plans to acquire an additional licence 1539 AM
https://www.mediaweek.com.au/crocmedia-rocks-into-sydney-with-plans-to-acquire-two-radio-stations/

Also I think 801kHz Gosford has been off-air past week or two, not sure what's happening there...
Ian (AUS) via mwmasts io.group (5/6-2020)


04/06-2020

FINLAND
SWR - Scandinavian Weekend Radio, Virrat to be on air this coming weekend Saturday 6th 2100 UTC to Sunday 7th 2100 UTC on MW 1602 kHz and on FM and SW.
http://www.swradio.net/schedule.htm
SWR website (4/6-2020)

U S A
Twin Cities Station relaunches after burning down during protests (Sahan Journal).
When studios of La Raza Radio, one of two Spanish-language broadcasters in the Twin Cities, went up in flames in violent protests over the death of George Floyd, Latinos lost an important source of information about the demonstrations, the COVID pandemic and other important issues.
Broadcasters kept their social media channels churning, however, and despite the destruction of most of their equipment they were back on the air only one week later.
For the time being, La Raza will be using a studio in Minneapolis-based community radio station KFAI until it reestablishes its own space in the near future, according to station owner Maya Santamaria. Santamaria credited her staff and, particularly, General Manager Armando Quintero for the rapid turnaround.
“We lost our music, we lost our programming, we lost our simian [broadcasting software],” Santamaria said. “So to pull this off is truly a feat.”
La Raza, which was established in 2005, can be heard at 95.7 FM, 1400 AM [KMNV] and 1470 AM [KMNQ] frequencies throughout the metro area. It operated in the century-old International Order of Odd Fellows building on Lake Street and 27th Avenue South. Its programming includes a mix of news, entertainment, Latin music and culture, with the majority of it being local.
https://sahanjournal.com/culture-community/just-days-after-burning-down-in-arson-attack-spanish-radio-station-relaunches-in-temporary-studio/
RW Newsbytes
(4/6-2020)

LUXEMBOURG
More (in German) about RTL 234 kHz and the closing down rumours:
https://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/medienmagazin
/radio_news/beitraege/2020/luxemburg.html?fbclid=IwAR2HgheT_t8Zqe0-_eIE-bQGj38t2MSsWG9HbCg_9b6SIrE7oclWlHq4gw0
Svenn Martinsen to DX-LISTENERS' CLUB fb group (4/6-2020)

U K
"Services which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period
Service name Licensee Location Reason
Absolute Classic Rock Bauer Radio Limited Birmingham Surrendered
Absolute Classic Rock Bauer Radio Limited Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Telford Surrendered
Greatest Hits Radio Bauer Radio Limited Coventry and Warwickshire Surrendered
Radio City Talk Bauer Radio Limited Merseyside Surrendered"
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-
licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-may-2020
2 June 2020
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (4/6-2020)


02/06-2020

NORWAY
NRK Svalbard 1485 kHz. The transmitter has been replaced but power still 1 kW.
The entire installation will be upgraded during the summer of 2020.
Ydun Ritz (2/6-2020)

LUXEMBOURG
It is not official yet, but it seems that RTL are considering closing down their LW transmitter on 234 kHz this year. This would l eave Luxembourg, France and Belgium without any nationwide AM service - only Bretagne 5 (with a regional coverage), and RFI (not beaming Europe), would be left. One can wonder what would happen in case of a storm or other emergency.
Additionally, PA3FWM, who runs the Twente WebSDR, has performed some interesting measurements on RTL (234 kHz), FLE (162 kHz) and other signals: https://pa3fwm.nl/signals.
Source: http://forums.lenodal.com/viewtopic.php?p=561761#p561761
"Deux rumeurs aussi insistantes, (...) les GO seraient arrêtées au dernier trimestre de l'année."
"Two other insistent rumours, (...) the LW would be shutdown on the last quarter of the year"
Vincent F4HPZ (2/6-2020)

AUSTRIA
A lightning strike has damaged the antenna of Museumsradio 1476 (https://www.plattenkiste.radio/). So they are broadcasting with 100 W instead of 400 W. Nonetheless reception reports are appreciated.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2/6-2020 )

CANADA
CHRF 980 in Montreal has gone dark.
Evanov's CHRF 980 in Montreal signed off the air at midnight last night, apparently for good from the sounds of it. No further details are available at this time.
There is a message about the closure on the CHRF website: https://montrealam980.com/fermeture-du-am980-chrf/
Canadian Radio News FB group (1/6-2020)


01/06-2020

U K
Confirmation that Bebington 1548 kHz did switch off at exactly 2300 ZUTC during Radio City Talk's final track 'Hey Jude' by The Beatles. It was played to a finish on DAB which ceased at 2308 after a few minutes of silence.
James Robinson (1/6-2020)


31/05-2020

NORWAY
NRK Svalbard 1485 kHz - Norway's last MW transmitter.
A new transmitter was installed on Wednesday (27/5) at Skjæringa / Longyearbyen. The upgrade should provide a better radio coverage of Svalbard. Power of the old xmitter was 1 kW; WRTH 2020 mentions 3 kW for the new, but not confirmed.
https://svalbardposten.no/nyheter/snart-bedre-radiodekning-pa-svalbard/19.12526 This article is behind a pay wall, so not possible to see all of it.
Thanks to Kråkan Håkan for this tip.
Ydun Ritz (31/5-2020)


30/05-2020

U K
Radio City Talk from Bebington 1548 kHz will actually close on 31 May at 2300 UTC.
Live programmes finished on 29 May at 1800 UTC.
James Robinson (30/5-2020)


28/05-2020

U K
Bauer Media will restart most of its acquired FM stations as Greatest Hits Radio from September. Only a small number of heritage stations will keep some local branding. Will this mean that AM frequencies currently used for GHR will be redundant?
"Bauer Media to create the country’s largest commercial radio network
Bauer Media is today announcing it is set to create the largest commercial radio network in the UK. Lincs FM, Celador Radio, UKRD and Wireless local stations, acquired by Bauer in 2019, will join the Hits Radio Brand Network, providing the highest listening hours of any commercial radio brand. Access to DAB Digital Radio will secure the multi-platform digital future of these stations in a radio market which is seeing a significant shift towards consumption on digital platforms.It enables the creation of a national network which delivers the optimum mix of local content that listeners highly value alongside content from nationally known presenters, whilst also providing significant scale for advertisers.
[...]
Hits Radio Brand Network comprises:
Hits Radio - delivering a music proposition which is a soundtrack of the biggest hits and nostalgic throwback tracks and local breakfast shows.
Greatest Hits Radio - offering classic hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s alongside regional drive time and networked breakfast shows.
Country Hits Radio - playing the very best country pop music.
Most of the stations which joined Bauer following the acquisitions of Lincs FM, Celador Radio, UKRD and Wireless will rebrand to Greatest Hits Radio from September. In line with Bauer’s heritage stations, a small number will retain their local branding.
[...]
In line with today’s news, Bauer Media has entered into a licensing agreement with Nation Broadcasting that will see three of their radio stations; Sam FM South Coast, KCFM and The Breeze – South Coast, also join the Hits Radio Network. They will continue to broadcast local shows while Bauer will provide additional network programming. [...]
https://www.bauermedia.co.uk/newsroom/press-releases/bauer-media-to-create-the-countrys-largest-commercial-radio-network 27 May 2020
via Dr. Hansjörg Biener (28/5-2020)


25/05-2020

CANADA
On 21 May 2020, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced the extension of the broadcasting licence for the following English-language commercial radio station (Corus) from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2027:
1460 kHz (10 kW) CJOY Guelph, Ontario (https://cjoy.com)
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2020/2020-160.htm
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (25/5-2020)

CANADA
On 22 May 2020, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced the extension of the broadcasting licences for the following English-language commercial radio stations (Corus) from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2027:
640 kHz (50 kW) CFMJ Toronto, Ontario (https://globalnews.ca/radio/640toronto)
900 kHz (50 kW) CHML Hamilton, Ontario (https://globalnews.ca/radio/900chml)
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2020/2020-163.htm
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (25/5-2020)

CANADA
The death of AM radio by a thousand sign offs.
Year Number of Canadian AM Radio Stations on Air
2011 329
2012 317
2013 300
2014 276
2015 261
2016 256
2017 246
2018 232
2019 216
2020 210
As you can see the number of AM stations continues to shrink every year. This is based on the NRC AM LOG.
Shawn Axelrod in Facebook (24/5-2020)


23/05-2020

RUSSIA
Demolition of Elektrostal medium wave and long wave transmitter.
Here are the videos of the demolition of the Elektrostal transmitter in Noginsk near Moscow.
It seems that only 3 masts of the old antenna were removed and also 2 of the newer one (red-painted) longwave? antenna(s). Russia started with MW BC, Longwave came years later after Elektrostal went in service in 1933.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEVfGGT-gJg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww4GGWpE1hc
It seems that the 2 mast radiator and 1 mast of the 4 mast radiator is still standing.
They want to build houses there.
Next old antennas that are now gone.
Marco Pentium4User (23/5-2020)

ITALY
Re. UNID from May 19th about who is relaying NPR National Public Radio on 1602 kHz?
It is Radio Milano 1602 [with news in english at 04:00 and 21:00 utc].
Patrick Robic (22/5-2020)


21/05-2020

ROMANIA
UIpdated list of Romanian LW and MW radiostations as of February 20th, 2020 http://ab27.bplaced.net/ul-um_romania.pdf
Alexander Busneag (21/5-2020)

INDIA
The following frequencies of AIR is noted off air after Cyclone Amphan hit the area yesterday
657 kHz Kolkata 200 kW (with DRM 666 kHz)
1008 kHz Kolkata 100 kW (with DRM on 1017 kHz)
594 kHz Chinsurah 1000 kW (located near Kolkata)
AIR Kolkata is operating on FM frequencies only.
Amateur Radio operators from West Bengal Radio Club and others are providing emergency communications. please see https://www.qrz.com/db/AU2AC
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS to WOR Groups.io (21/5-2020)

PHILLIPINES
Media freedom
The AIB continues to play its part in the global campaign for media freedom - something that is even more important as citizens seek reliable information about the coronavirus pandemic.
We have protested the closure of ABS-CBN in the Philippines https://www.abs-cbn.com/ following the failure of the authorities to renew the broadcaster's franchise in a timely manner. See the full story here.
https://aib.org.uk/aib-protests-closure-of-abs-cbn-most-watched-broadcaster-in-the-philippines/
AIB Media Industry Briefing May 2020 in WOR Groups.io (21/5-2020)

UNID
I was able to listen to a station on 1506 on the UA SDR again, but I hadn't enough time to find out if that is станция берёза.
I was also able to listen to a Russian (it sounds like Rus to me, as you know I very bad speak it) station on 1575 kHz on these SDRs, so it seems to be a high power station with acceptable antenna, I also didn't hear an ID yet.
http://kiwisdr.thulesius.se:8073/
http://oh1rj.proxy.kiwisdr.com:8073/
http://kiwi-vih.aprs.fi:8073/
http://kiwisdr.oh6ai.fi:8073/
It is very loud on Swedish SDRs, but not in Russia itself. http://msk.swl.su:8073/
Marco, Pentium4User (20/5-2020)


19/05-2020

ROMANIA
Re ROMANIA 17/05-2020:
There is no "Radio Jurnal Spiritual 1584 kHz 1 kW". They had a licence a few years ago, but they did not use it, so the licence is not valid any more.
73, Alexander Busneag (19/5-2020)

UNID
Who is relaying NPR National Public Radio on 1602 kHz?
Tonight I heard NPR with international news at 21:00 UTC. Could it be Radio Tsentr in Riga, or who is relaying NPR?
Hans Verner Lollike (18/5-2020)

U S A
Ed Perry’s WMEX 1510 started today w oldies. Licensed to Quincy, MA this is a new station vs. the former Boston allocation that was used by many stations and sites in Waltham, MA and North Quincy, MA. Who will be the first to log it over here?
Svenn Martinsen in DX-LISTENERS' CLUB fb group (18/5-2020)

CANADA
Soft re-branding for Radio Moyen Orient.
They now appear to call themselves Radio Middle East and have a new [to me] web site:
https://meradio.ca/
RME has two stations in Montreal [1450 kHz] and one in Halifax. Arabic programming.
Andy Reid in Canadian Radio News fb group (16/5-2020)


17/05-2020

MEXICO
Grupo Radio Centro in Mexico has gone bankrupt. Their operations had already been pretty volatile for the last 5 or 6 years.
In Mexico City, XEQR-1030, which had just recently returned to the air after being silent for several years, has ceased operations and all staff were terminated.
XERC-FM 97.7, which supplied the programming for XEDKR-700 and XESTN-1540, was sold to Grupo MVS earlier this week, so I'm unsure what programming XEDKR and XESTN are running at this time (the most likely scenario prior to today would have been that they would have relayed XEQR). I would assume additional sales, and additional stations going silent, will likely occur in the upcoming weeks and months.
Tim Hall to WOR Groups.io (17/5-2020)

ROMANIA
Romanian MW (FM) stations back to old program format.
Yes, exactly on May 15, the first day after the emergency act in Romania ended:
The regional stations of Radio Romania as well the channel “Antena satelor” is back with the old format on the first day after the emergency act in Romania ended, as observed by my monitoring.
So I observed on May 15
Antena Satelor
(Stația de Transmisiuni Radio LW Brasov Bod on 153 kHz 200 kW), https://goo.gl/maps/4DiDXPErKbiurPDKA
Radio Timisoara (Ortisoara 630 kHz 400 kW) https://goo.gl/maps/d3yCAgXkdARGGWmE9
and
Radio Oltenia Craiova
(1314 kHz) DJ Craiova, SRR Radio Oltenia-Craiova 1314 kHz 15 kW
Radio Jurnal Spiritual 1584 kHz 1 kW https://goo.gl/maps/CWZ2HWcPSJy7qfRz9 even after 21:00 UT with own programs.
(Erich Bergmann-D, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16)
Wolfgang Büschel to WOR Groups.io (17/5-2020)


16/05-2020

CANADA
On May 20, Canada Post is issuing a se-tenant (side-by-side) pair of nondenominated permanent-rate (currently 92¢) History of Radio in Canada stamps. The new issue comes in a self-adhesive booklet of 10.
The stamps commemorate Canada’s inaugural radio broadcast, which hit the airwaves a century ago on the evening of May 20, 1920. According to Canada Post’s Details magazine for collectors, the radio program came from Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company’s studios in Montreal, Quebec, and was a closed broadcast for a Royal Society of Canada gathering at the Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa, Ontario.
https://www.linns.com/news/world-stamps-postal-history/history-of-radio-in-canada-stamps-available-may-20
Mike Terry to WOR Groups.io (15/5-2020)


15/05-2020

NETHERLANDS
Today I figured out that Impact AM in NL is doing some DRM tests on 1035 kHz. I was able to receive and decode via SDR2.
They also operate 2 SDRs, nearby, but not next to each other. It was receivable on the SDR2 http://kiwi-sdr2-leiden.impactam.nl:8073/ but not on the SDR1 http://kiwi-sdr1-leiden.impactam.nl:8073
Therefore the transmitting power seems to be very low or the antenna very small.
This frequency is also not assigned to Impact AM yet (https://radio-tv-nederland.nl/am/am.html) and there is no news entry there https://radio-tv-nederland.nl/ referring to Impact AM, DRM or 1035 kHz.
Marco (14/5-2020)


13/05-2020

UKRAINE
Re: Ukraine 1503kHz 9/5-2020.
I listened to Marco's recording. The first 21 minutes of music and the half a minute with ID. It uses the name: "Stantsiya Beryozha", i.e. Station "Birch". He announces in Russian: "Station Birch on the air ... small musical transmission ... to all friends who receive radio transmissions ... to colleagues at work ..."
Mauno Ritola (12/5-2020)

This is one of the pirate (freebander, radio hooligan) stations which are usually active between 1602 and 1800 kHz and on 2900-3300 kHz range. This one occupied mediumwave band by some reason. "Beryoza" is very popular call sign among them. No idea about his exact location and power, but I can recall, that I have already heard similar transmission on 1544 kHz on 16th of February 2018 with closing down at 1555 UTC. However, I'm not sure if that was the same operator.
Alexandr Kostyukevich to Mauno Ritola (13/5-2020)


12/05-2020

CANADA
With Indiana's WTLC-1310 and WIOE-1450 planning to join Maryland's WWFD-820 as HD-only, it is worth noting that Canada has never had any HD IBOC stations on AM, even though HD on FM dates back to late 2012, when CING-FM Hamilton ON switched to hybrid HD. With the CRTC clarifying the licensing of Nested FM repeaters for AM stations, counting them as an FM station when applying the limit of stations owned in a single Market, some major market FM stations decided to carry their AM sister stations as HD channels. This has led to confusion on sites like hdradio.com, which list Canadian AM stations as though they are running HD on their AM frequency when the AM listed is actually an FM HD channel.
Canadian HD listenership is hampered because automobile models sold in the US with HD radios are often sold in Canada without HD, and Canadian retailers almost never carry HD-capable radios for use outside the car. Twenty years ago, Canada had simulcast digital transmitters in its largest Markets, following the European approach of opening up a new piece of the frequency spectrum just for digital radio. But Canadians never saw the digital radios in their cars or at their electronics retailers.
From CANADIAN RADIO NEWS, Jon Pearkins in IRCA DX Monitor May 16, published May 12 to WOR Groups.io (12/3-2020)


09/05-2020

UKRAINE
Ttoday I was able to listen to a new medium wave station on 1503 kHz in the Ukraine via an SDR: http://194.117.252.27:8073/?tune=1503am
At mwlist.org it is listed as temporary, there wasn't any info about the name, only Russian/Ukrainian music (I can speak a little bit Russian, so I understand something, but not much and Ukrainian and Russian are not very different).
Marco (Pentium4User) (9/5-2020)

GERMANY
The maintenance of the Mühlacker radio tower that has been saved from demolition, began this week. The turnbuckles are being swapped to ensure the stability of the building, this costs 73.000 €.
Marco (Pentium4User) (9/5-2020)


07/05-2020

U K
City Talk, 1548 kHz, serving Merseyside from a transmitter on the Wirral in Bebington, is set to close later this Spring:
Bauer announces plans to close Radio City Talk in Liverpool.
Bauer says it is going to close Radio City Talk later this Spring, after concluding that it is no longer financially viable to run.
The station originally launched on 105.9 FM in January 2008 as a full speech station, before adding music to its format 18 months later. It then swapped frequencies with Radio City 2 in December 2015, moving to 1548 AM as well as continuing to be available on DAB.
Bauer says a detailed review has deemed City Talk to be ‘no longer viable’ and that it will be handing the licence back to Ofcom.
Graham Bryce, Managing Director of the Hits Radio Brand Networks told RadioToday: “The decision to close Radio City Talk has not been an easy one. However, as a niche service distributed in one locality, the station has unfortunately struggled to secure the level of listening to generate the revenue required to operate profitably."
“We’re incredibly proud of the ground-breaking, award-winning content that the team has created across the years, tackling all the important local issues as well as spearheading some ground-breaking mental health initiatives, such as Mental Health Monday.”
Q4/2019 RAJAR figures showed City Talk to have its second lowest reach ever, with 29,000 weekly listeners. At its peak in Q4/2011 – when it was on FM – it reached 86,000.
A Bauer spokesperson confirmed to RadioToday that the company is consulting with the staff and freelancers who will be affected by the station’s closure.
Bauer quietly closed 990 and 1017 kHz in Wolverhampton and Shropshire last week.
Radio Today 3pm, 7th May 2020 https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/05/bauer-announces-plans-to-close-radio-city-talk-in-liverpool/
[Radio City began broadcasting on 194 metres (1548) in October 1974, though that was from a site at Rainford near St Helens. It moved to the current site at Bebington / Bromborough power station to improve coverage. The Radio City stations on 1548 have gone through a number of incarnations over the years such as City Gold and Magic 1548. City Talk has a format of talk and rock music. - Alan]
Alan Pennington (7/5-2020)

U K
Bebington 1548kHz carrying Radio City Talk will be switched off in the next few weeks [May 30th] as owner Bauer Media announce the station's closure on late spring. This frequency carried Radio City from 1974 via Rainford before moving the transmitter site to Bebington in around 1990. The licence is being handed back to Ofcom after it was realised the station is no longer financially viable.
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/05/bauer-announces-plans-to-close-radio-city-talk-in-liverpool/
James Robinson (7/5-2020)


06/05-2020

U K
Friday 8th May Absolut Radio 1215 kHz will entirely play music from the 40s - commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
For 24 hours, Absolute Radio 40s will broadcast on 1215AM across the UK, on DAB+ in London and online at absoluteradio.co.uk – we’d love you to join us in this huge virtual celebration of British spirit and in tribute of those people who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
https://planetradio.co.uk/absolute-radio/music/news/absolute-radio-40s/
Absolute Radio website (6/5-2020)

PHILIPPINES
A large and well-known broadcasting network [ABS-CBN Corporation] has gone off the air in the Philippines:
https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/05/20/abs-cbn-shutdown-comes-at-worst-possible-time-amid-pandemic-says-rights-watchdog?fbclid=IwAR0iapqQH4HuouJ2KGGeoiQU1h2sgiPP8tMHjD
aA4ioRwdUiS4RfvqYbXaE
Apparently, the AM stations off the air now include for instance the flagship broadcaster DZMM on 630 AM:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ABS-CBN_Corporation_channels_and_stations?fbclid=
IwAR3kSr0PMKS5bfSUOawAyvQ3MeiPVrPzn_LpVtR-eXahmp5vLe0OaX8jpq0

Mika DX Makelainen to DXing.info FB group (5/5-2020)


05/05-2020

U K
"Coverage improvement and extension requests.
During the last month the service below had its request for an improvement to its existing coverage provisionally agreed, subject to the new technical arrangements going through our usual formal clearance process (this includes Ofcom liaising with a number of  outside agencies before changes can be implemented).
Coverage improvement agreed:
Service Licensed area Change agreed
Asian Sound East Lancashire Power Increase"
(https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-april-2020 of 5 May 2020 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener)

The notice in Radio broadcast update April 2020 of 5 May 2020 gave no further details, but the changes would apply to:
Asian Sound Radio
East Lancashire
1377 KHz - East Lancashire
963 KHz - East Lancashire
On Air From: 06-03-1996 to: 02-06-2021
Licensee: Asian Sound Radio Limited
Broadcast Buildings
42 Southall Street
Manchester M3 1LG
http://www.asiansoundradio.co.uk
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/5-2020)

AUSTRALIA
On September 7th, 2020 SENTrack will be opening their radio stations in Brisbane on 1053kHz and Gold Coast on 1620kHz.
Currently Vision Christian Radio programming is being carried on 1053kHz.
Ian to mwmasts Groups.io (5/5-2020)


04/05-2020

U K
"It's nostalgia time again with another monthly Radio Caroline North broadcast this weekend 9th-10th May.
You'll hear all the best music from the 60s – early 90s, plus the chance to win some goodies from our Web Shop, this time kindly sponsored by Lisa Dolley and Mike Attrill from Cornwall.
Sadly due to 'social distancing' restrictions we can't use our radio-ship Ross Revenge, so this broadcast will be land-based. Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM in the North and North-West courtesy of our friends at Manx Radio, around the world online via the Radio Caroline app and Radio Player, and on smart speakers.
We'd love to hear from you – email us during the broadcast at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk and remember, it's the only address that gets you straight through to us directly."
http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/home.html
Mike Terry to WOR Groups.io (4/5-2020)


03/05-2020

U K
Two more AM closures - Absolute Classic Rock 990 and 1017 kHz.
Two more UK medium wave transmitters have closed down as of 30 April:
Absolute Classic Rock 990 kHz (Sedgley, Wolverhampton)
Absolute Classic Rock 1017 kHz (Shrewsbury)
The Birmingham (Langley Mill) transmitter of Absolute Classic Rock on 1152 kHz is continuing.
The three transmitters carried Free Radio 80s until January 2019, when they switched to Absolute Classic Rock.
Dave Kenny BDXC-UK (3/5-2020)

NORWAY
Radio Northern Star, Bergen, in accordance with an email received from the station, the actual schedule is:
5895 kHz, short wave: 1300-2207
1314 kHz medium wave: 1559-2207
1611 kHz out of air at this time due to transmitter problems.
Manuel Méndez to WOR Groups.io (3/5-2020)


02/05-2020

NETHERLANDS
DX TEST with morse code poems! Yes, you got it right! Impact AM from Wassenaar, southern Netherlands (close to Haag) is conducting a truly special DX-test. The test will celebrate two famous Dutch cultural persons and poets, Herman Brood and Jules Deelder.
Impact AM uses 100 watts on 1008 kHz.
Here is more information:
"We will broadcast morse code with poems by Herman Brood and Jules Deelder (in Dutch) on Monday, the 4th of May. We will probably broadcast for 2 hours in the following tones: 2106 utc (500Hz, 10 WPM), 2206 utc (750Hz, 13 WPM) and 2236 utc (1000Hz, 17 WPM). Due to license requirements we are not allowed to switch the carrier on/off, but we must use audio CW."
More information on Impact AM, please visit: http://impactam.nl/
It has been most interesting to note the innovativeness of Dutch low power AM stations. Special morse code DX-tests started in April by Radio City International on 801 kHz and were followed by Album AM on 846 kHz. Now, the very first time in the world, we can hear an AM radio station broadcasting poems in morse code! Wishing you all good luck in catching this special test by Impact AM!
Jim Solatie in DXing.info FB group (2/5-2020)


01/05-2020

AUSTRIA
Museumsradio AM 1476 Bad Ischl
Mediumwavefriends will want to save the following pdf-documents for immediate and later reference the decision of the regulatory authority https://www.rtr.at/de/m/KOA119520005/39275_KOA%201.195-20-005%20.pdf (20 pages), which provides a detailed insight into the regulatory process, details about Reinhard Pirnbacher and the proposed stations, and especially a very warm response from the governments of two Austrian states to the project.
The first schedule https://www.plattenkiste.radio/index_htm_files/Radioprogramm.pdf
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/5-2020)


29/04-2020

U K
On 8th May 2020 Absolute Radio which broadcasts on 1215khz will be relaying a pop-up station for 24 hours called Absoute 40s. Absolute 40s will play all music from 1940s. This is all to remark VE Day.
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/04/absolute-radio-40s-to-pop-up-on-medium-wave/
Jonathan Milnes (29/4-2020)


28/04-2020

U S A
Let's try again for another Montana DX Test!
I posted on Facebook that the KBOZ DX Test had been cancelled and engineer Todd Clark in Kalispell, MT offered up one of his stations for a test.
KJJR 880 Whitefish, MT(Kalispell) will test for 1 hour at 10kw non directional Saturday May 2nd 12:01am to 1am mountain time. It will consist of morse code, sweep tones, along with various telephone sound effects.
There will be no paper QSL's issued for this test. Only emailed confirmation. Send an email to walkerbroadcasting@gmail.com with "KJJR 880 DX Test" in the email (You MUST put that in that subject line so I don't accidentally delete it thinking its spam!). The reply will likely be a simple email reply with details of the station and confirming the details of what/when you heard it. You WILL get a reply from me in due course, please give me some time!
This is done on short notice and being kept simple as to not burden anyone involved. Thanks to Les Rayburn for creating the test material and Todd Clark for generously offering up the station. I've already seen communication between him and the station, asking them to block out an hour from the logs, so he can tinker around with things at the tower site.
I know, I know.. we've had a few false starts on DX tests, but I can only do what I can do.
Any questions? Email me and I'll be glad to answer. Pass this word to other DX email groups, facebook groups, websites, etc.
Paul B. Walker Jr. to DXing.info fb group (28/4-2020)

AUSTRALIA
SENTRACK 801AM debuts in Gosford.
Gosford’s newest radio racing service - SENTrack is one of several to launch nationally – including in Wollongong on 1575 AM, in support of Australia’s racing, harness and greyhound industries while those sports are still able to operate under COVID-19 guidelines.
Ian to mwmasts Groups.io (27/4-2020)

CANADA
The CBC has until July 11, 2021 to get the AM to FM conversion for CBON-6 1010 AM in Blind River, Ontario completed. The new FM station will operate on 98.5 with 136 watts.
Canadian Radio News fb group (27/4-2020)


26/04-2020

INDIA
Like every year, the special transmissions for Ramadan have started from AIR stations in Jammu and Kashmir as follows:
Timings (variable) : 2205 to 2305 UTC ( 3.35 to 4.35 am IST)
Frequencies
1118 kHz 300 kW Srinagar
1350 kHz 20 kW Kupwara
4950 kHz 50 kW Srinagar (Announced but not heard at my location, maybe due to skip conditions)
103.5 MHz 10 kW
This transmission is for about 1 hour and sign on and sign off timings vary. It will continue for one month - till Ramzan day i.e. around 23 May 2020.
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS via WOR Groups.io (26/4-2020)

MEXICO
XEQR 1030 back on air after 3 years.
https://www.eleconomista.com.mx/empresas/Radio-Centro-1030-AM-regresa-al-aire-despues-de-35-meses-de-microfonos-apagados-20200414-0098.html
Glenn Hauser to WOR Groups.io (26/4-2020)

ITALY
From yesterday afternoon the manager of ex Radio Studio X in Momigno (Pistoiai) started test transmissions in Tuscany on the new frequency of 1188 kHz. Power abt 10 kW, the signal covering the whole Europe. It was active till a few minutes ago 0235 CET [0035 utc] after almost 12 hours of non stop music (funky sounds); now Radio Payam from Iran with Ramadan programs in farsi on the frequency.
Do not send reception reports, as the owner is not interested in them. He has not permission to operate on 1188 kHz, no license; he is a real pirate operator. The old license of 1584 kHz Radio Studio X Momigno has been cancelled by Postal Authorities two years ago.
Dario Monferini (26/4-2020)


25/04-2020

ISRAEL
The Voice of Hope from Israel at 1287 KHZ 50KW did not return to the air despite the promise to return on April 1st. The station announced that due to financial problems, it could not pay for technical maintenance to Israeli telecommunications company Bezeq.
Offer Barth (25/4-2020)

U K
Another project funded by the Audio Content Fund, which is designed to help private radio stations during the corona crisis.
Media release, 24 April 2020
https://www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com/news/-radio-series-launch
"[...]
National charity’s #TalkAboutSport campaign leads to weekly talkSPORT radio series, ‘Sporting Memories’
* Brand new series Sporting Memories starts on 25 April, 12.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, on talkSPORT with Max Rushden and Charlie Baker*
With over 120 community Clubs for older people in Wales, England and Scotland, the national charity Sporting Memories uses memories of sport to get conversation flowing, helping to tackle low mood and social isolation. With the suspension of these Clubs due to the coronavirus outbreak, as for so many other organisations working in the community, a rapid – and dynamic – response has been needed.
[...] Sporting Memories co-founder Chris Wilkins explains, [...] “Talking about sport is at the very heart of what we do at Sporting Memories. In the ‘Sporting Memories’ series you will hear from people across the UK, lots of laughter, and there will be emotional moments too. Listeners will be taken back to some very special sporting moments and feelings. We hope this series will encourage others currently facing these difficult times of social isolation to think about using sporting reminiscence with friends and family, in particular over the telephone.”
[...] Jo Tongue, CEO of Tongue Tied Productions, says:
“At a time when radio is a lifeline and sports nostalgia is a comfort for many, we are thrilled to receive Audio Content funding for this special series. As long-time supporters and admirers of the Sporting Memories Foundation, Tongue Tied Productions cannot wait to help participants share their football stories with a wider audience, while together we all help tackle the wider issue of dementia, loneliness and isolation.” Each programme began as a recorded phone conversation between a member of a Sporting Memories Club and one of the charity’s expert facilitators. Compiled by Tongue Tied Productions, the programmes are compelling examples of how simple telephone chats on a theme lead to wonderful, and often surprising, memories and emotional conversations.
[...]"
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (25/4-2020)

NETHERLANDS
Album AM 846 kHz heard with a DX test today after 19:30 UTC for 20 minutes.
A Morse code or a short announcement was sent every 2 minutes. I think the power is 100 W.
www.albumam.nl
Dx Berlin to MWC fb group (24/4-2020)

DENMARK
The transmitter of 1440 kHz Radio208 had two valves replaced yesterday. So now power again is 500 W again after a period running just 200 W.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen to Radio208 fb group (24/4-2020)


24/04-2020

INDIA
New monitored schedule of News broadcasts by All India Radio Home Service in Hindi and English (originating in New Delhi and relayed by many stations of AIR)
UTC IST Language
0030 0600-0610 am Hindi, 0610-0620 am English
0130 0700-0710 am Hindi
0230 0800-0830 am Hindi, 0830-0900 am English
0430 1000-1010 am Hindi, 1010-1020 am English
0530 1100-1110 am Hindi
0630 1200-1210 am English, 1210-1220 am Hindi
0730 0100-0110 pm English, 0110-0120 pm Hindi
0830 0200-0230 pm English, 0230-0300 pm Hindi
0930 0300-0310 pm English
1030 0400-0410 pm English
1130 0500-0510 pm Hindi, 0510-0520 pm English
1230 0600-0610 pm English, 0610-0620 pm Hindi
1330 0700-0710 pm Hindi
1430 0800-0830 pm Hindi, 0830-0900 pm English
1630 1000-1010 pm Hindi
1730 1100-1110 pm English, 1110-1120 pm Hindi
1830 1200-1210 am English, 1210-1220 am Hindi
1930 0100-0110 am Hindi, 0110-0120 am English
2030 0200-0210 am English, 0210-0220 am Hindi
2130 0300-0310 am Hindi, 0310-0320 am English
2230 0400-0410 am English, 0410-0420 am Hindi
2330 0500-0510 am Hindi, 0510-0520 am English
News bulletin of 5 mins duration was increased to 10 minutes, and that of 15 to 30 minutes.
Due to these changes AIR stations are noted signing off 5 to 10 minutes later than before (eg. at around 1740/1750 etc UTC now).
Some bulletins originated from regional stations have been extended by 5 minutes, some additional bulletins added, and some bulletins even cancelled.
Many stations are noted carrying Vividh Bharati Service instead of normal program. Vividh Bharati which used to carry only Hindi News bulletins is noted relaying English bulletins as well.
News in Sanskrit at 0655 and 0610 Ipm ST is noted off the air.
Live streaming of News is available in http://prasarbharati.gov.in/ (see under Live Radio. AIR Live News 24/7)
Please also see http://newsonair.com/
Old schedule of News timings in http://www.newsonair.com/News-Schedules.aspx
Different bews schedule is followed by AIR FM Rainbow stations.
Jose Jacobs via Tony Magon (24/4-2020)

TANZANIA
1377 R.Free Africa, Mwanza, which has been inactive for quite some time, was observed yesterday, 23rd April.
Carlos Goncalves (24/4-2020)


23/04-2020

AUSTRALIA
Gosford NSW 801kHz testing.
SEN programming commenced today sometime on 801kHz - Gosford. Hearing it now @ home with the YouLoop with interference from 5RM. Heard an ID as: 'SEN Track'.
Ian - SWSites via mwmasts Groups.io (23/4-2020)


22/04-2020

U K
Radio Caroline: "We are deeply sorry to announce the death of our Founder Ronan O'Rahilly on April 20th, 2020." http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html
Thanks to Daniel Lefevbre and Herman Content (22/4-2020)

CUBA
Radio Rebelde was back on 710 last night. We'll see how long tat lasts.
530 and 1620 were also loggable.
Harold Frodge via WOR Groups.io (22/4-2020)


19/04-2020

AUSTRALIA
Previously owned 801kHz Rete Italia station in Gosford, know owned by Croc Media is currently back on air testing with music at the moment.
Ian - SWSites via mwmasts Groups.io (19/4-2020)

AUSTRALIA
1620kHz Toowoomba, Qld is currently on air testing (music). This TX/Freq was used previously by Rete Italia (lic. owner). The new service will carry the 'The Breeze' and will be broadcasting in future (if not already?) in AM Stereo C-Quam. 'The Breeze' is long established Qld based remote regional broadcaster licenced to broadcast to remote parts of Qld and NSW.
Today noted that Rete Italia transmissions from Melbourne on 1620kHz were missing. Transmitter off.
Ian - SWSites via mwmasts Groups.io (19/4-2020)


18/04-2020

INDIA
AIR 1530utc English News.
I could not sleep, so had a listen to All India Radio via New Delhi SDR on 819 khz.
At 1525utc I tuned in - there was English News - an announcement at 1529utc advised that information on Corona Virus would be broadcast - There was a 10 minute broadcast in the local language, then discussion in English about finance in India until 1554utc.
So it would seem that the 1530utc English News is now ten minutes earlier due to Corona Virus.
Tony Magon, AUS via WOR Groups.io (17/4-2020)


16/04-2020

AUSTRALIA
1575 SenTrack Wollongong is on air. They are running sports program.
Due to the Wollongong TX lower signal strength, 1575 Dunedin, and VOA Thailand are dominant into Sydney. 1575 SenTrack may be running reduced power, modified beam direction plot, or operating from a different location. Rete Italia was a real pest, but SenTrack is barely audible. It can be heard more easily via daytime high angle skywave.
https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/03/27/new-radio-station-sentrack-coming-to-perth-on-657-am
Todd, Sydney AUS to ICDX-AM Group (16/4-2020)


15/04-2020

CANADA
600 BC Vancouver CKSP
Plans to begin testing before the end of April. Initial tests will be unscheduled, and some may be non-directional with lower power. This precedes the formal Test Period, which consists of several weeks of continuous operation with 50KW day/20KW night using the approved directional pattern sharing two of CKNW's four towers in Cloverdale.
1230 NU Iqaluit CFFB
Approval to modify its license to remove all Northern Quebec repeater transmitters: CFFB-FM-4 Kuujjuarapik, CFFBFM-5 Kuujjuaq, CFFB-FM-6 Inukjuaq, CFFB-FM-7 Salluit and CFFB-FM-8 Puvirnituq. CFFB-FM-5 has been granted its own license with the other four repeaters attached to it. Attaching additional transmitters to a station's license implies 100% simulcasting.
1280 ON Toronto CJRU
Will continue to share CHHA-1610's tower even if CHHA's power increase (see below) is approved. CJRU is 99 watts full-time with a license that requires it to find a new frequency if requested by the CRTC to make way for another higher-powered station.
1420 NS Digby CKDY
Approved to temporarily operate on 99.7 MHz with 50 watts to give the station time to submit an application to the CRTC to convert the AM license to an FM license. CKDY-AM has been off the air since 2/26 when a copper and computer theft occurred, and some of the replacement parts were not easily obtainable.
1610 ON Toronto CHHA
Applied to increase power to 10KW from the current 6250 watts, using the existing 150' tall guyed mast with an easterly guy wire operating as a passive radiator to provide a Null to protect 1KW CHRN-1610 Montreal QC, WEHH-1600 Elmira Heights-Horseheads NY and CKDO-1580 Oshawa ON. The application proposes to adjust the directional pattern if a station is again licensed to 1600 to replace the former 10KW CHNR Simcoe ON. Saving the cost of running two towers reduces CHHA's signal by 30% according to the application's Technical Brief.
Jon Pearkins via WOR Groups.io (14/4-2020)


13/04-2020

U K
"Four more projects from Coronavirus Support round.
Four new projects totalling £51,000 have been announced.
Includes new show for Alex Lester, who hosted on Radio 2 for nearly 30 years.
The Audio Content Fund has today [13 April 2020] announced the latest grants to be awarded in its special funding round to support audiences during Coronavirus restrictions. The fund, which is financed by the UK Government, launched a special rolling round three weeks ago with a minimum grant budget of £200,000. This latest content brings to 11 the total number of projects funded, with £133,756 now allocated.
The projects include “All Together Now” a new nightly programme hosted live by Alex Lester on [the medium wave network, HjB] Greatest Hits Radio, and produced by Want Some Media. Specifically targeting older listeners, the 2-hour show will aim to create a sense of old-fashioned community spirit, featuring feel-good stories, life hacks, and experts from medicine, fitness, psychology, and cookery. Lester, who left BBC Radio 2 in 2014 after nearly 30 years, joined Greatest Hits Radio earlier this year, and this will be his first live programme on the station.[...]"
https://www.audiocontentfund.org.uk/2020/04/13/four-more-projects-from-coronavirus-support-round/
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
(13/4-2020)

U S A
Just a followup in the St. Louis radio stations on 1430 and 1190. As of 10:50 AM, Monday Apr. 13, both stations are silent, with just dead carrier on 1190 and 1430 AM.
Vern Jackson, WA0RCR, via WOR Groups.io (13/4-2020)

U S A
Just an update on the report of the FCC license revocation of four St. Louis area radio stations.
KQQZ 1190 AM remains on the air with normal programming as of 3:50 CDT Saturday April 11.
KZQZ 1430 AM ceased programming on Tuesday Apr. 7, and the transmitter was shut off around noon or 1 PM, as I remember. However the next day, 1430 KZQZ had just a dead carrier, at 50 KW, with no programming. I suspect that since the transmitter is automation controlled, and no one is available who knows how to disable it, it will continue daytime at full 50 KW power, carrier only, until Ameren Illinois shuts off power to the transmitter site.
KFTK 1490 AM East St. Louis was LMA'd and ceased operation as soon as revocation took place, as I don't believe they had any interest in pirate radio. So it is off for good.
1510 in Highland, Illinois, went off air due to technical issues early March 2019, and has been silent, so its license has already expired as a matter of law.
Vern Jackson
, WA0RCR, via WOR Groups.io (12/4-2020)

NEW ZEALAND
TAB Trackside Radio AM and FM broadcasts suspended.
The radio simulcast on AM and FM frequencies was suspended on 12 April 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. The suspension will be reviewed once the resumption of New Zealand horse and greyhound racing is confirmed.
https://web.archive.org/web/20200410233311/https://www.rita.org.nz/tab-suspends-fm-and-am-trackside-radio
The impacted AM frequencies and locations are:
549 Hawkes Bay
711 Wellington
828 Palmerston North/Whanganui
873 Tauranga
954 Hamilton
990 Nelson
1071 Ashburton
1206 Dunedin
1224 Invercargill
1242 Timaru
1260 Christchurch
1476 Auckland
1485 Gisborne
1548 Rotorua
David Kaio (13/4-2020)


10/04-2020

ROMANIA
R Romania in most MW outlets.
For anyone who still does not know all Romanian outlets today even Oldenia and Satelor air the same program that is RR Actualitaţa in most times with a few time exceptions.
Yesterday I have made a nearly thorough test in all the MW band that verifies it, in especially on he late nights UTC.
We need more time to check which are the times that RRA is not aired in favor of local or different program.
Zacharias Liangas via WOR Groups.io (10/4-2020)


09/04-2020

NETHERLANDS
DX TEST!
Radio City from Zeeland, the Netherlands is making history by conducting one of the first European morse code DX-tests. Around every top of the hour (plus or minus a few minutes) Radio City will provide a morse code ID on 801 kHz this coming Easter (from Thursday to Monday). The transmission power is 100 watts.
If you receive their signal, please write to Mr. Lex van Coeverden at radiocity801@gmail.com. You can also provide feedback on www.radiocity.nl
Good luck and best 73, Jim Solatie to DXing.info FB groups

U K
Wallasey 1485kHz which used to carry BBC Radio Merseyside has now been switched off for good as of 0900 UTC this morning. The station had been on 1485 (and before 1978 - 1484kHz) since 1973. The feed originally carried BBC Radio 3 until December 1972. The only station now originating from Wallasey is now Talksport on 1107 kHz.
Radio Norfolk on 855 kHz closed permanently at 0951 UTC on 9 April 2020.
This was the last of the transmitters the BBC was closing to go off.
James Robinson (9/4-2020)

U S A
We at WCMY in Ottawa, Illinois have been informed that KZQZ [1430 kHz] in St. Louis finally stopped transmitting at 9:45am CDT Tuesday, April 7. That was 18 days after the FCC terminated the license. Our listeners in town have complained for years about trouble hearing us in the morning whenever 1430 from St. Louis powers up to its daytime level. I can confirm that this morning I did not hear oldies instead of myself on the air in my headphones. I can't vouch for the other two St. Louis area frequencies going off. I hope other listeners of yours will. Rick Koshko to WOR Groups.io (9/4-2020)


08/04-2020

U K
The two BBC Radio Solent transmitters on 999 and 1359 kHz have been switched off on 8 April around 1000 UTC.
BBC Radio Cumria on 1458 kHz closed around the same time.
James Robinson (8/4-2020)


07/04-2020

U K
1458kHz transmitter that carried Radio Newcastle and the two Radio Cornwall transmitters on 630 and 657 kHz were switched off around 0900 UTC on 7 April 2020.
James Robinson (7/4-2020)

AUSTRALIA
1656kHz Brisbane is now carrying Radio Rhythm programming ex VAC Chinese Radio. Lic as of 31/3/2020.
1665kHz Brisbane - Radio Rhythm is still off, probably licence will be sold or leased I suspect?
Ian to mwmasts Groups.io (7/4-2020)



06/04-2020

AUSTRIA
Museumsradio now on air on 1476 kHz from the Bad Ischl.
https://www.plattenkiste.radio/index-a.htm?fbclid=IwAR2NSgz2iC6c_yyAcBhLYLKOxJdKOkW-y5vayNTHUd55jQr1XVSaU5pBdK8
Heard near Randers DNK weak but audible.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen (6/4-2020)

U K
BBC 3CR on 1161 and 630 kHz closed completely at 0922 UTC on 6 April.
BBC Radio York on 666 kHz transmitter closed permanently at 1000 UTC on 6 April.
BBC Radio York on 1260 kHz transmitter closed permanently at 1001 UTC on 6 April.
James Robinson (6/4-2020)


03/04-2020

NORWAY
A joy to tell you Radio Northern Star is back on the Medium Waves on AM 1314 kHz 700 watts broadcasting over LLE-2, Bergen Kringkaster, Erdal, Norway each day 16:59:30 until sign off at 00:07 CET. This transmitter is owned by Foreningen Bergen Kringkaster and is using a Comrod antenna. The schedule starts at 0955 and carrries health programming, FBK's own programs and occasional live programming. At 0010 the transmitter carries MFSK32 and PSK31 tests.
Your reports are welcome to: report@bergenkringkaster.no with cc. to 1000@northernstar.no Northern Star Media Services FB groups (3/4-2020)

U K
Radio Wales on 882kHz from Tywyn and Forden plus 1125kHz Llandrydrodd Wells all switched off permanently on 2 April.
James Robinson (3/4-2020)


01/04-2020

U K
Community radio station Radio Warrington 1332AM is helping keeping the town connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteer presenters are overcoming their own social distancing issues to pass on vital local information over the airwaves to others who are feeling isolated during these difficult times.
Working in partnership with Warrington Worldwide providing free community news across the town, there are isolated members of the community who are difficult to reach because they don’t have the internet or are visually impaired – so Radio Warrington is a vital lifeline.
https://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/2020/04/01/radio-warrington-helping-community-stay-connected/
Warrington Worldwide
(1/4-2020)


31/03-2020

FRANCE
RMC formerly on 216 KHz
Alain Goy reported on: https://groups.io/g/Longwaveradiolistening
Tue, 31 Mar at 09:09
In fact the transmitter of Roumoules does not belong to RMC, but was on a rental contract which ended on March 28.
The Roumoules transmitter is owned by MMD (http://www.mmd.mc/fr/). RMC has not renewed this contract for savings in anticipation of DAB +.
If you are interested, the Roumoules transmitter is for rent ... :)
Mike Terry to WOR Groups.io


30/03-2020

AUSTRALIA
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has invited applications for a transmitter licence to provide high-power open (HPON) narrowcasting services in Gosford, New South Wales on 747 kHz. The licence will be issued under a price-based allocation system. If more than one application is received, ACMA will issue that licence to the highest bidder at an auction. Application deadline 30 March 2020.
(David Ricquish via DX Dialog)
Robert Copeman in ICDX-AM Groups.io (30/3-2020)

NEW ZEALAND
Not gone silent, sadly the Radio Sport transmitters are very much still on air carrying NewsTalk ZB. This arrangement will continue indefinitely.
We now have three stations in Christchurch carrying NewsTalk ZB 1017, 1098 and 1503.
NZME are having financial difficulties their TV channels are up for sale.
Paul via mwmasts Groups.io (30/3-2020)

U K
BBC Radio 4 has changed its transmission times as from 30 March 2020. The new times are:
0000-0433 UTC BBC World Service
0433-0000 UTC BBC Radio 4
Radio 4 used to start at 0420 UTC but is opening 13 minutes later due to coronavirus, as one programme "News Briefing" has been removed from the schedule temporarily for the duration of the emergency.
James Robinson (30/3-2020)

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand's Radio Sport network has stopped broadcasting due to the cancellation and suspension of virtually all local, national and international events and competitions.
There are 16 MW frequencies and five FM including two LPFM frequencies in the network. The Radio Sport frequencies will now carry Newstalk ZB (sister station) programming indefinitely.
https://www.radiosport.co.nz/sport-news/radio-sport-to-stop-broadcasting/
David Kaio (30/3-2020)

NEW ZEALAND
NZ Radio Sport closing.
Please have a read of the url
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/120669523/nz-herald-owner-understood-to-be-discussing-job-losses
Tony Magon - Sydney (30/3-2020)

NEW ZEALAND
"Today, NZME has made the incredibly difficult decision to stop broadcasting Radio Sport from 1pm (30 March 2020). Radio Sport frequencies will now carry Newstalk ZB programming indefinitely.
With the cancellation and suspension of virtually all local, national and international events and competitions, NZME has been forced to look closely at the level of sports coverage, including live events across all platforms.
NZME has been working hard to avoid this but the reality of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis is that these decisions have to be made."
https://www.radiosport.co.nz/sport-news/radio-sport-to-stop-broadcasting/.
https://www.radiosport.co.nz/contact/radio-sports-frequencies/ lists 16 AM and 5 FM frequencies.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/3-2020)


28/03-2020

FRANCE
RMC from Roumoules on LW 216 kHz, is OFF THE AIR, since early afternoon....
Christian Ghibaudo to WRTH fb group (28/3-2020)

U K
Radio Wales on 882kHz Forden and Tywyn has half hourly announcement at 15 and 45 past the hour.
1125kHz Llansridrod Wells has a different announcement full time.
All 3 transmitters will be switched off on 2 April 2020 resulting in lesser MW coverage for BBC Radio Wales.
Here are the announcements
882 kHz https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/dflff2
1125 kHz https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/dh7log
James Robinson (28/3-2020)

AUSTRALIA
Day 1 of SENTrack broadcasts:
I can confirm that "SEN Track" published as 'SENTrack' is now on air from Wollongong, NSW 1575kHz as monitored locally and heard at 0650UT.
I downloaded the SEN app which has a feed for SENTrack, but I could only receive the audio when I set the location to WA.
Interestingly there was a unique SEN Track logo for the Perth Outlet on the app for WA location.
The audio for SEN Track Perth was not // with the Wollongong outlet.
Ian via mwmasts Groups.io (28/3-2020)


27/03-2020

AUSTRALIA
SEN Track on 3 outlets starting on 28/3/2020.
CROCMEDIA today announced it would launch three ‘pop-up’ radio stations to be known as SENTrack to support Australia’s racing, harness and greyhound industries while those sports are still able to operate under COVID-19 guidelines.
SENTrack will launch in Melbourne on 1377 SEN+; in Perth on the 657 AM frequency and in Wollongong, NSW, on 1575 AM. It will commence broadcasting from tomorrow, and stay on as long as the three codes keep racing in the uncertain months ahead.
https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/03/27/crocmedia-to-support-racing-industries-with-pop-up-stations-on-sentrack/#
Ian via mwmasts Groups.io (27/3-2020)


26/03-2020

INDIA
AIR Mumbai is noted with continuous service throughout the night for the last 3 days on the following 2 MW frequencies.
558 kHz 100 kW Vividh Bharati (Replacing Asmita Channel program)
1044 kHz 100 kW AIR Live News 24 x 7 (Replacing Samvadita Channel program)
Program schedules of AIR stations have changed and programs with emphasis on the Corona Virus pandemic are broadcast. Stations having more than 1 channel have merged channels. Many stations are noted relaying Vividh Bharati Service from Mumbai often instead of normal programs.
Live streaming of most stations of AIR is available in “Live Radio” in http://prasarbharati.gov.in/
Please also see http://newsonair.com/
Jose Jacob, Hyderabad, India via WOR Groups.io (26/3-2020)


25/03-2020

U S A
"A public radio station in Washington state, KUOW [1340 AM, Tumwater], will no longer be airing White House press briefings on the coronavirus 'due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time.'"
More:
https://thehill.com/blogs/news/blog-briefing-room/489439-seattle-radio-station-wont-air-trump-briefings-because-of-false-or
Richard Langley via WOR Groups.io (25/3-2020)

ISRAEL
"VOICE OF HOPE - ISRAEL (1287 AM):
[...] Special Need: As I write to you we are currently off the air in Israel due to our ability to pay our electricity and engineering costs. We hope to resume our 24/7broadcasts by April 1st as funds are available. Please help us if you can."
http://www.voiceofhope.com/newsletters/Strategic_Communications_Group_Newsletter_-_March_2020.pdf
via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (25/3-2020)


24/03-2020

INDIA
DX India News Flash: 24 March 2020
Due to the present Corona Virus situation, All India Radio has suspended all its External Services from today until 31 March 2020. Besides SW this includes MW channels carrying External Services Viz
594 Chinsurah
702 Jalandhar
1052 Tuticorin and
1071 Rajkot
(Jose Jacob - WOR).
Mike Terry to MWC fb group (24/3-2020)


23/03-2020

RUSSIA
Jari Perkiömäki succeeded finally to place that Russian radio [see RUSSIA March 14th]
Working on 1611 kHz with the help of 3 Kiwi SDR remote receivers. The position of the transmitter seems to be 54.70N 32.40E.
Kari Kallio, Lahti Finland (22/3-2020)


21/03-2020

FRANCE
Request for those of the B.17 n° 29537.
In Normandy-France, in a little village named PALUEL, there is a memorial dedicated to ten american airmen members of a B17 flying fortress who lost their lives on sunday march 28th 1943 when their plane was shot by german DCA.
Radio Northsea international, british radio station broadcasting on AM [1521 kHz], FM and on the web (http://www.rni.vze.com) will give a special mention for the 77th aniversary of the crash to remind the memory of this crew whose members sacrified their lives for our freedom.
A very special music track will be played in the sunday show of DJ's Wendy and Martin LEECH, on sunday march 29th next, between 18.00 and 19.00 french time ( 17.00 - 18.00 english time). We shall also have a special though for the american families who have'nt forgotten.
If you wish to listen to this request, you have to open the Radio Northsea international website (http://www.rni.vze.com) and go on the home page, at the top of page, under "LISTEN NOW -THE REAL RNI", and you press with the mouse on the little triangle which opens the radio ("Play").
Good listening and thanks to RNI for this request.
Daniel LEFEBVRE (21/3-2020)

GERMANY
I wrote on March 8th that only a miracle or a wealthy uncle could now save the 273 meters high antenna mast in Mühlacker from demolition.
Well, it seems to have happened. At least the group of people trying to rescue the antenna mast has succeeded in buying the the mast and the area around the mast from SWR, and thus has prevented a demolition of the mast, which was scheduled to take place on Monday.
https://muehlacker-tagblatt.de/region-muehlacker/muehlacker/keine-sprengung-der-sender-bleibt/
https://www.pz-news.de/region_artikel,-Investorengruppe-erwirbt-Areal-Senderrettung-in-Muehlacker- gelingt-im-allerletzten-Anlauf-_arid,1425022.html
Thanks to Wolfgang Büschel.
Ydun Ritz (21/3-2020)

ICELAND
Spring equinox bandscan 2020
Wind and rain showers made this a rather summary event.
Not much variance on LW except that Allouis on 162kHz sounded noisy; enough so to obliterate any sign of Droitwich pulling a Luxembourg. Could they be playing with DRM, maybe?
Now the MW band. A cold rainshower hit mid-scan so I, having left the jacket indoors, had to hurry it along. There was a gaggle of Spanish stations on the low end, plus Romania on 603, Absolute Radio on 1242 with a usable signal and BBC R.4 on 1449 kHz.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson
(21/3-2020)


20/03-2020

EUROPE
Radio stations to unite with You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers.
You’ll Never Walk Alone will be played out simultaneously on a number of radio stations this Friday morning.
NPO 3FM presenter Sander Hoogendoorn had the idea to bring all radio stations in the Netherlands together during the corona crisis, but now BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and dozens more across Europe are joining in, so DR1 and other Danish radiostations.
Bauer’s Greatest Hits Radio will play the tune during Breakfast with Simon Ross from Liverpool, along with the Breakfast shows on Hits Radio stations in England, plus Country Hits Radio.
It’ll happen at 8.45am [07:45 UTC]in the Netherlands, which will be 7.45am in the UK.
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/03/radio-stations-to-unite-with-youll-never-walk-alone/
Radio Today (19/3-2020)


19/03-2020

U S A
COVID-19 impacting station operations?
I had to leave the house today to handle some chores I couldn’t defer. While listening to WTAM [1100 kHz] they had a bunch of odd dead air spots as if their automation was unattended. Considering it was 10 AM in Cleveland I was pretty sure most radio stations there shouldn’t be on autopilot then. Just before the top of the 11 o’clock hour someone broke in indicating that news would be coming up but giving an ID from WLW in Cincinnati as well as local news from Cincy. Both stations are owned by iHeartMedia.
Is anybody else spotting anomalies like that? I popped the live stream on now and it has Mike Trivisonno on being vague that things aren’t normal at the station today to where he can’t even take calls.
Stephen Michael Kellat, Ashtabula, Ohio via WOR Groups.io (19/3-2020)


18/03-2020

ITALY
I have now got up to date information about the power level used by IRRS, Padova, Italy on 594 kHz:
594 kHz is currently running at 10 kW from 22-23 CET Mon-Thu, 10 kW from 19-23 CET on Fri, Sat and Sun; 1 kW at all other times.
Karl-Erik Stridh (18/3-2020)

SPAIN
RNE-Palencia 603 MW stopped by COVID-19.
One member of the team infected and the rest quarantined so the station is closed for now.
Mauricio Molano, Salamanca Spain via WOR Groups.io (18/3-2020)


17/03-2020

DENMARK
After some transmitter problems Radio208 is now back on the air on 1440 kHz from today March 17 at 12 UTC.
The power has been reduced from 500 Watts to 200 Watts and it is hoped that this power reduction will keep the transmitter on the air. At the same time Radio208 is looking for two new RCA 4-400A valves.
If you can help, please write to mail@radio208.dk
Stig Hartvig Nielsen (17/3-2020)


16/03-2020

U K
Postwick 855 kHz which carried BBC Radio Norfolk is now carrying an info loop since 1004 UTC on 16 March 2020.
The station is still available on MW on 873 kHz.
The 855 output can be heard here:
Closedown 855 - https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/uzbklz
855kHz announcement only - https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/1kmk3v
James Robinson (16/3-2020)

NORWAY
Radio Northern Star is International Radio from Bergen to the world on AM 1611 and 5895 plus online and mobile. Our MW transmitter is currently blasting out with 700 watts of power!
Reports to 1000@northernstar.no
Northern Star Media Services fb group (15/3-2020)


15/03-2020

FRANCE
About the possible stop of RMC on 216 kHz. Last week I spoke on the phone with an MMD manager. So a few clarifications, the frequency of 216 kHz belongs to the Principality and NOT to RMC.
The Roumoules transmitter center, built by RMC in 1974, since 1994 belong to Monaco Media Diffusion (MMD), a company which belongs to the Prince's Government.
http://www.mmd.mc/en/
If RMC abandons Long Waves, this does not mean the closure of the Roumoules center. TWR's broadcasts on 1467 kHz will continue as long as TWR wants, these are two different contracts.
The maintenance of the site is therefore provided by MMD.
The two other Monegasque medium-wave transmitters and antennas at Col de la Madone (near Monaco) on 702 and 1467 kHz are still in place, but inactive.
Since the shutdown of Radio Chine Internationale on 702 kHz, contacts had been made, but without effect because of the cost of renting of the transmitter.
Christian Ghibaudo (15/3-2020)


14/03-2020

RUSSIA
DX Info about Russian Clandestine MW radio station embarrassing in the Northern Europe.
It started very innocent like for maybe two weeks ago as an odd disturbance under 1602 kHz and then in the early state some could note anyhow there speaking in Russian language which only few can understand here in the North, however. It let arise a vivid speculation ao. in the SDXL-AM-group what it was all about where it got the nickname "UNID 1599,62 kHz". Gradually the station started to crawl upwards and some heard it at least once on 1620 kHz…but it turned around and went downwards, seemingly now to be parked on 1611 kHz. It is the frequency where quite often many Dutch pirate radios use to transmit mainly pop or ethnic polka music. So inside their reception area this newcomer is not possible to be heard. Also among the Finnish DXers abnormalities were reported in reception with different antennas. JM Nurmela in Central Finland logged that he can hear to the station with the backbeam of his yankee antennawire but only Dutch polka with some other. The station is frequently S9-strong at least in the remote SW Finnish Kiwi SDR receiver in Turku as well in Belarussia. I asked there a DXer Alex to listen to the program and make notes about it. He analysed also some of my to him posted soundclips about contents. "This is a radio or movie magazine entry from the 1950s (?) tells about difficulties in the production of phonograph records (the first track is about helping the Red Army in this, the second track is about replacing old phonograph records with new ones at exchange points). No ID!" Last night he send me his own observations as follows: "On the evening of 12 and 13, I listened to 1611, again archived records * Good morning * and * Good evening * 60s-70s All-Union Radio (USSR), there was no identification of who is relaying. Alex".
So far can we say that somebody has decided to dig very, over a half decade old filed archives radio recordings from the USSR as drama and radio plays to replay them anew to the audience which has probably not ever heard them live, now on the same old work-place: AM radio and on the Medium Waves. Is this some sublime trial to revive some kind of Museum Radio somewhere in the russophone world along the Southern beaches of the Baltic Sea or somewhere deeper in the inland? The time will later probably light up what it in fact was – a serious project or only “fun” like a pirate radio.
Kari Kallio, Lahti Finland (14/3-2020)


13/03-2020

PORTUGAL
666 Antena 1, Castanheira do Ribatejo, is experiencing troubled times from at least July, 2019. The signal from the 180 m monopole (in excess of 200 m when it was first erected and served 665, then 666, and 719, then 720) has been considerably weak in terms of both carrier and I'd say audio too.
The times when the old, original, 135 kW Brown Boveri Co. txs were used are long gone for the RDP replaced them with two 10 kW units (USA made HARRIS and Canadian made NAUTEL), not to be used in parallel, but to have one thereof standing by. It happens the HARRIS was an older model, probably already in the site acting as a reserve unit for the 135 kW txs, I can't remeber, but it worked off valves while the NAUTEL was a modular, solid state tx. The only reason why the RDP, then RTP chose to use just 10 kW as the max. power level in the previous sites where 135 and 100 kW were used is purely economical as it simply reduces the electricity bill.
Not long ago, the HARRIS unit was put aside due to old age and lack of parts, so only the NAUTEL was being used... until another strike hit the monopole and severely damaged parts of the transmitter.
Logically, this demands repair and/or replacement of the unit, but the RTP adm. chose to remedy the situation in a "phenomenal" way, which meant taking an aged 10 kW tx from the Meia Légua site (Faro, Algarve) and installed it at Cast.ª do Ribatejo.
This particular tx was not in its best due to old age, and was idle when they decided to fetch it because the Meia Légua site was off the air for quite some time due to unwanted visitors looking for copper... and, yes, the adm. didn't want to "waste" funds to put into service again.
Given the sate of the Meia Légua tx, it's not even at a reduced power of 4 kW, but at 2 kW, let alone the nominal 10!
Why all this? One simple reason: MF problems are to be dealt with using the existing means, so if these fail or are inexistent within the RTP, the signals are silenced... unless someone explains the importance of MF to the adm. of the RTP, and their little brains start working as they should.
In the old days, no such thing would happen; both equipment and sites were properly manned and cared of, and this included really everything, not to forget the green areas around the sites.
However, not MF alone seems to be of no concern! It was only months ago, that the RTP's VHF-FM txs located at Monsanto, Lisboa were heard via simple antennae "on board" the neighbouring R.Renascença tower. The power levels also dropped considerably for some time.
It happens both of those towers were and still are within military premisses, but the one serving the RTP and its old antennae too needed refurbishing.
After several months' time, a new tower was finally put in place, and new VHF-FM antennae added. How on earth the adm. finally realised this simply had to be done is something beyond understanding, really...
One wonders whether they actually know what an aerial is or what a transmitter is... Ah, all right, that's not internet, isn't it?
To conclude, it clearly seems the RTP adm. thinks internet, internet and, oh yes, internet too is enough.
Carlos Goncalves (13/3-2020)

SPAIN
RNE Reduces LOC/REG schedule due to COVID19.
Effective from tomorrow Sat. March 14th:
UTC
Sat-Sun
0805-0810 REG R5TN
1230-1240 REG R1//R5TN
Mon.-Fri
0625-0630 LOC R5TN
0645-0700 REG R1//R5TN
0815-0820 LOC R5TN
0904-0906 REG R1//R5TN
1004-1006 REG R1//R5TN
1104-1106 REG R1//R5TN
1210-1230 REG R1//R5TN (R5TN may split for national programing if live statements or press conferences are expected)
1604-1606 REG R1//R5TN
1804-1806 REG R1//R5TN
1925-1930 REG R1//R5TN
Mauricio Molano, Salamanca Spain via dxld yg (13/3-2020)

FRANCE
Until 31.Mar.2018, RMC 216 kHz was on air between 04.56 and 0.08 CET/CEST (local time in France).
From 01.Apr.2018, RMC 216 kHz is on air between 05.56 and 0.15 CET/CEST (local time in France).
73, Alexander Busneag (13/3-2020)


12/03-2020

FRANCE
Now that the stories on 216 LW RM in Roumoules France to close are getting more conformitive, I wonder if, as suggested somewhere, that also RMC 1467 AM will be interrruppted.
1467, carrying Trans World Radio in the evening is also coming from Roumoules, and it is mentioned that it is not worth while to maintain the site just for a couple of hours use.
I like to now this since I hold a 1467 license for LPAM in Holland. Obviously RMC/TWR is completely blocking small stations when they are active.
Ruud Poeze (12/3-2020)

FRANCE
We can seriously consider that RMC will leave 216 kHz from Roumoules.
In order to save 600,000 euro per year (not 6 millions as reported by a French News magazine).
The date of the closure could be at the end of March.
Christian Ghibaudo (from Monaco) via WRTH FB group (12/3-2020)

U K
Re yesterday's item "Wallasey 1485kHz which carried BBC Radio Merseyside since 1973 is now carrying a retune message".
This move on 11 March 2020 was all the worse because on this day Liverpool had their Champions League match against Atlectico Madrid and BBC 5 live kept referring to Radio Merseyside which would also carry the match.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/3-2020)

GERMANY
On 11 March 2020, WDR at short notice canceled the broadcast of the Champions League game Paris St. Germain - Borussia Dortmund from its WDR Event (radio) channel: "Because of the spread of the Corona virus, UEFA limited accreditations for the Champions League match between Paris St. Germain and Borussia Dortmund to a minimum (for TV broadcasters), live reporting from the stadium is not possible. So there will be NO live reports from the game Paris - Dortmund. The broadcast is canceled without replacement. We apologize for the short-term announcement."
Long and medium wave came to the rescue of those football fans who do not have a TV subscription but understand foreign languages. RMC-Info (216 kHz) broadcast the game, with a second francophone tone suggesting that the reporters were sitting in front of a television screen.
Talksport (1053/1089 kHz) did not provide a full report, but insertions from the Talksport 2 program. The English sports broadcaster also took note of the other CL game FC Liverpool-Atletico Madrid, which at BBC 5 Live (693/909 kHz) was probably also commented as a full report sitting in front of a television screen. Both Talksport 2 and BBC 5 Live were geoblocked on the internet. In contrast, RNE1, whose medium waves did not get through so well, was easily heard on the Internet.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/3-2020)

PAKISTAN
The government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, under its vision of introducing modern trends and technology in different sectors, has planned to fully digitize the state-owned radio bringing about a revolution in the field of broadcasting in the country, and to capture the audience at home and abroad including South Asia and Central Asia and the Middle East through quality news, current affairs and programs.
This information has been revealed in official documents during the ongoing week long national workshop on Digital Radio Migration policy of state-run Radio at Pakistan Broadcasting Academy, Islamabad.
Under the plan, the biggest 1000-Kilowatt DRM Medium-wave transmitting station of state-run Radio will be set up at Fort Monroe hill station in Dera Ghazi Khan district in South Punjab at an estimated cost of three billion rupees. It will be the first ever most powerful but digital transmitter of state-run Radio that is to be established in center of the country as part of Phase-II of Digital Radio Migration policy and it will help cover the entire population of Pakistan with crystal clear and noise-free waves.
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/627890-govt-plans-to-fully-digitise-state-owned-radio
The International News (12/3-2020)


11/03-2020

U K
Wallasey 1485kHz which carried BBC Radio Merseyside since 1973 is now carrying a retune message.
This is what is actually being broadcast: https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/xh929h
James Robinson (11/3-2020)


10/03-2020

U S A
WSPL 1250 Streator, Illinois low power.
Regarding the WSPL Streator, Illinois situation, this fills in some gaps and replaces some inaccurate information that's been going around the community.
Around February 3, one of the company's FM towers collapsed--the one simulcasting WSPL on 98.5. Mendota Broadcasting hired an inspection firm to look at its other antennas and learned it must replace the two AM towers that put out the 1250 kHz signal. So the AM signal has been greatly reduced while there's just a stub of one tower there for now. The power reduction happened about February 24.
The company's management hasn't been talking about it. I know some employees there and even they haven't been told what's going on. The story in the community had been that one of the AM towers collapsed. But it didn't make sense that weeks had elapsed between the tower collapse and the AM signal nearly completely disappearing. One rumor going around is that the owners want to shut down WSPL on AM. The applications with the FCC to temporarily use reduced power indicate otherwise.
Maybe it's appropriate that this station used to carry Paul Harvey, famous for saying, "Now you know the rest of the story."
Rick Koshko, Ottawa, Illinois to WOR Groups.io (10/3-2020)


09/03-2020

U K
After last month's disappointment due to Storm Dennis, we are hoping to be back on our radio ship Ross Revenge for the third RADIO CAROLINE NORTH broadcast of 2020.
Join us on SATURDAY 14th and SUNDAY 15th MARCH for all the best music from the 60s – early 90s, plus the chance to win some goods from our Web Shop.
We're LIVE from the River Blackwater from 10.30 am on Saturday. Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM in the North and North-West courtesy of our friends at Manx Radio, around the world online via the Radio Caroline app and Radio Player, and on smart speakers.
We'd love to hear from you – email us during the broadcast at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk and remember, it's the only address that gets you straight through to us directly onboard.
The biggest little bar in Epping – with great live music and sports TV. We serve beer, wine, cocktails, coffee and bagels day and night.
Web Shop Competition:
This month's sponsor is Les Salter from Hull, East Yorkshire.
http://radiocaroline.co.uk/home.html
Mike Terry via WOR Groups.io (9/3-2020)

U K
Whitehaven 1458kHz which carried BBC Radio Cumbria now carrying retune message. The change occurred around 1030 UTC on 9 March.
This is what is bring broadcast https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/1q02dh
James Robinson (9/3-2020)

AUSTRALIA
2325 kHz on air from Australia.
Wee Waa (Pronounced Wee war) and Narrabri (Pronounced Narrabreye) are north of the Unique Radio transmitting station Gunnedah NSW (Narrabri being 80KM NE Cross country) and Wee Waa another 38KM west of Narrabri.
2325 KHz is apparently co sited with XRN's 1611 KHz antenna with 100 watts approx. See http://www.xrn.com.au/, Peter has a lot of different music formatted programming available.
It was on air as per this post from Peter Tate on the ARDXC Facebook group:
"February 24 at 7:32 PM - 2325 Khz is baaaack! On for the night as normal. Some audio tweaks...... Happy hunting! 73's!"
It was well heard on The Narrabri SDR (S 30 DB OVER 9 ), The Forster SDR with a s9 +10 DB and various other sites with good results including the Tecsun Araluen SDR with an S 8 - 9.
I tried it here but due to modem noise, was almost impossible to receive at my QTH.
Peter hopes to experiment with DRM in the future, hopefully to a more set schedule and higher power output (ERP).
I hope this information is helpful.
Tim Gaynor, Unique Radio, Gunnedah NSW via WOR Groups.io (9/3-2020)


08/03-2020

GERMANY
Only a miracle or a wealthy uncle can now save the 273 meters high antenna mast in Mühlacker from demolition.
From 1950 until 2012 SWR (Südwestfunk) programming was carried out on 576 kHz MW (575 kHz until 1978) from this location in southwestern Germany.
The owner, which is SWR, has been permitted to take down the installation and will probably do so, despite great protests.
Thanks to Wolfgang Büschel for sharing this info, which comes from an article in Stuttgarter Zeitung https://zeitung.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/klassische-ansicht /stadtausgabe-lokalteil-stuttgart-innenstadt/2020-03-07/
Ydun Ritz (7/3-2020)


05/03-2020

FRANCE
According to the economic magazine Challenges, RMC is considering cutting its transmitter at Roumoules and leaving the long waves and 216 kHz definitively.
Objective: to save money (6 million euros per year).
Christian Ghibaudo (5/3-2020)

ITALY
A new program aired via IRRS-Shortwave is called “War Room Pandemic” and produced in the USA by Steve Bannon, political advisor, media executive, former investment banker and former White House Chief Strategist.
The program presents the latest news and opinions on the effects of the coronavirus around the world can be heard on our new (daily) frequencies as of Feb. 21, 2020 (@ 150 to Europe and Africa and 250 kW to Asia):
9640 kHz (1400-1500 UTC) to Asia and Middle East
7290 kHz (1800-2000 UTC) to Europe
9660 kHz (2000-2100 UTC) to Africabr/> and on AM/Medium Wave:
594 kHz [via Challenger Radio, Villa Estense?] (2100-2200 UTC or: 2200-2300 CET) to N Italy and Southern/Central Europe.
Dario Monferini and Mauno Ritola in WRTH fb group (5/3-2020)


04/03-2020

U K
BBC Radio Solent on
999kHz
1359kHz
Now carry only retune announcements since 1130 UTC on Wednesday 4 March.
Here is what us being broadcast.
999 KHz https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/6ak979
1359 kHz https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/h9j5x8
James Robinson (4/3-2020)

U K
Both BBC Radio Solent medium wave frequencies (999 kHz Fareham and 1359 kHz Bournemouth) now carrying returning loop announcements from just after 1100 UTC this morning (4th March).
Thanks to David Duckworth for the tip-off.
Alan Pennington (4/3-2020)

U K
999KHz BBC Radio Solent is still currently running as of 10UTC however it sounds like the transmitter is going up and down a bit!
999KHz BBC Radio Solent swapped to the retune loop at 11:15UTC.
Rose, UK (4/3-3030)

CZECH REPUBLIC
270KHz Czechia didn't seem to be receivable yesterday [3/3-3030].
Rose, UK (4/3-3030)


03/03-2020

U K
"Licence renewals granted in this period
A five year renewal has been granted to the following: Area (station) Current licensee
Birmingham (Absolute Classic Rock) Bauer Radio Limited"
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-february-2020#acmtyradio
The Licence for Birmingham 1152 kHz was extended to 17 February 2025.
https://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/analogue/al000076ba5absoluteclassicrock.htm
via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (3/3-2020)

U K
"Coverage improvement and extension requests
During the last month [February 2020] the service below had its request for an improvement to its existing coverage provisionally agreed, subject to the new technical arrangements going through our usual formal clearance process (this includes Ofcom liaising with a number of outside agencies before changes can be implemented).
Service Licensed area Change agreed
Lyca Dilse Greater London Power increase"
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-february-2020#acmtyradio 3. March 2020
Lyca Dilse (https://www.lycadilse.com) replaced Kismat Radio on 1035 kHz in 2014.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (3/3-2020)

U K
"Services which have ceased to be licensed (handed back or revoked) in this period
Betar Bangla (Betar Bangla Limited) East London (1503 kHz) Licence surrendered" https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-february-2020 3. March 2020
Betar Bangla was/is a Community Radio Station with a full broadcasting licence from OFCOM since 2010. Before getting their own licence, they had 2 hours via Sound Radio on the same frequency 1503 AM since 2002.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (3/3-2020)

FRANCE
Radio Bretagne 5 is return on the wave since 2 march on 1593 Khz.
In night good reception on Paris.
Thierry Moy (2/3-2020)


02/03-2020

U K
BBC Radio Cornwall, Lanner Hill 630kHz and Bodmin 657kHz now carry retune announcements since around 1130 UTC on 2 March.
Lanner Hill appeared to go onto reduced power around 0923 UTC when a sudden change of reception was noted.
These transmitters will be switched off in early April. Radio Cornwall continues on VHF DAB DTT and online. Any MW alternative programming is now carried on all digital platforms.
This is what is actually going out on each frequency
630 kHz https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/3lp4kt
657 kHz https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/fbaict
James Robinson (2/3-2020)


01/03-2020

NORWAY
We've improved the modulation on 1611 and 5895 kHz therefore " The North Atlantic Sound" Radio Northern Star broadcasting the best classic pop and rock from both sides of the Atlantic should sound even better tonight! Thanks LA7CFA!
Reports to: 1000@northernstar.no
Northern Star Media Services FB group (27/2-2020)


27/02-2020

U S A
WSPL 1250 kHz in Streator, Illinois has been running at very low power because one of its two towers fell. According to people in the community, it fell and crushed an outbuilding about a month ago. The severe power reduction is apparently more recent, as I was able to get the signal in Ottawa, Illinois (just 16 miles away) until this week. On February 24, I couldn't hear it at all. On February 25, it was very weak during daylight hours here.
This has afforded me the opportunity to DX a frequency I normally can't because of the local use. I have received the fairly close (about 127 miles) WSSP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at night, WPGP "The Answer" in Pittsburgh at night, and KYYS in Kansas City, Kansas right up to its switch to nighttime power at 6pm local on February 25 (0000UT February 26).
I also heard one other on February 25 that didn't come in well enough for long enough for me to positively identify. I heard Americana style music and a male voice say "southern gospel". The signal was coming in on a line in the NNW-SSE direction. That leads me to think it might have been WLCK in Scottsville, Kentucky.
Rick Koshko 0338 UT Feb 27 via WOR Groups.io (27/2-2020)


26/02-2020

U K
Wreckerton 1458 kHz which carried BBC Radio Newcastle now only carrying retune advice message until early April. This change occurred at 1130 UTC on 26 February.
This is what is being broadcast on 1458 https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/uchmi7
James Robinson (26/2-2020)

AUSTRALIA
Crocmedia and Wollongong 1575. The announcements and music on Wollongong 1575 KHz are the same as were heard on Perth 657 KHz earlier this month, saying “This broadcast will resume shortly. Please stand by.” In a loop of alternating music and repeated announcements. The “Welcome to Crocmedia” continuous announcements were also heard a few days ago.
Meanwhile, Perth 657 KHz has been carrying silence for a week or two now. Also, Brisbane 1053 carries Vision Christian Radio.
Liron (26/2-2020)


25/02-2020

CANADA
Montreal's CFNV 940 has returned to air, coming back some time late yesterday morning.
Canadian Radio News FB group (25/2-2020)

CANADA
From https://nwbroadcasters.com/index.html
Installation is about to begin on the new CKSP AM 600 Vancouver transmitter site. There were a number of delays, including getting permits. CKSP is co-siting with CKNW AM 980 at that station's Cloverdale transmitter site. While this work is taking place, CKNW will at times be on reduced power. Engineers hope that AM 600 will be testing on reduced power early in April with full power sometime this summer.
Via Eric Floden and WOR Groups.io (25/2-2020)

AUSTRALIA
Last evening for the first time Crocmedia's 1575 KHz was noted with a loop tape advising a new station. This morning the signal is still present at weak levels, hence I presume to be from Wollongong. The loop tape includes a male announce and hard rock guitar music. It could be a new service replacing Rete Italia.
It is a nuisance signal because it is sufficiently strong to block out Dunedin, NZ, and VOA Thailand.
Perhaps Will can hear this more clearly in the day.
Todd, Sydney, Australia to ICDX-AM Groups.io (25/2-2020)

AUSTRALIA
Crocmedia’s sports licenses:
657 Perth (Landsdale)
801 Central Coast (Chitaway Point)
1053 Brisbane (Tingalpa)
1575 Wollongong (Windang) with advising loop tape
1611 Alice Springs
1611 Esperance
1611 Darwin (Ludmilla)
1611 Dubbo (Troy)
1611 Kalgoorlie
1611 Sydney (Bagerys Creek)
1611 Townsville (Garbutt)
1620 Adelaide (Lonsdale)
1620 Gold Coast (Burleigh Waters)
1629 Adelaide (Regency Park) — on air
1629 Albany (Collingwood Heights)
1629 Grafton (South Grafton)
1629 Hobart (Sandford)
1629 Mount Gambier (Compton) — on air
Todd, Sydney, Australia to ICDX-AM Groups.io (23/2-2020)


24/02-2020

ISRAEL
Following the report on the closure of AM broadcasts in Israel, last month's broadcast of "Voice of Hope" in Arabic from Israel at 1287 kHz frequency from 50 kW was also stopped.
No official announcement was made.
Offer, Israel (24/2-2020)

U K
666kHz and 1260kHz which carried BBC Radio York, ceased transmission of the station at 1200 UTC on 24 February.
These two transmitters carry now a recorded message of retune advice which will cease in early April.
James Robinson (24/2-2020)

ESTONIA
Estonia - On 4 February 2020 Radio Eli 1035 kHz, which recently lost Trans World Radio as a major customer, was registered as an independent organization. It seems that this move was meant to shield the former parent organization from any financial problems. It is said that the loss of TWR programming also meant a major loss of funding threatening the very existence of the station.

Translation of this page http://radioeli.ru/?page_id=3
"The radio station began its activity in Tartu in 1994 on FM, with programs in Estonian.
On October 3, 2001, the Tartu Family Radio was broadcast on medium waves with a two-hour Russian-language program, with a transmitter of 50 kW.
On November 12, 2001, the transition to 14-hour broadcasting was made; on January 13, 2002 the broadcast became round-the-clock.
On June 26, 2007, the official opening of the FM-wave 95-6 Fm in the city of Narva took place.
June 26, 2008 - the official opening, inclusion and blessing of a new medium-wave transmitter with a capacity of 100 KW.
May 2010 - the official opening, switching on and blessing of a medium-wave transmitter with a power of 200 KW (another 100-kilowatt transmitter was added to the already installed 100-kilowatt transmitter).
June 2010 - the beginning of broadcasting at the second FM frequency of 98.2 Fm. These 2 fm frequencies allow broadcasting of the Russian-speaking region of Estonia, its northeastern part.
February 4, 2020 - Radio Eli independent organization registered."

via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener 23 February 2020


23/02-2020

CANADA
940 KHz, CFNV Montreal. Noted active again. Its sister station CFQR 600 went back to the air recently, in the last week or so.
Sylvain Naud, Portneuf, QC to DXing.info fb group (23/2-2020)


22/02-2020

JORDAN
Radio Jordan stopped to use 855 khz in Amman, now it is only one frequency in this country on 612 khz. Went off the air at the beginning of February.
Alexei, Israel (22/2-2020)

ISRAEL
Israel has stopped to use MW almost totally. There are only two frequencies are still on air, 1458 khz In Shaar-Yeshuv, which relays the "Kan Moreshet" radio, and also 1458 khz in Eilat, wich relays "Kan Tarbut" radio, because there is no FM coverage of these networks in mentioned areas.
All other stations have gone off air: 531, 657, 738, 882, 1080, 1206.
Alexei, Israel (22/2-2020)

BELGIUM
Radio Paradise 621 KHz
According to an article by DF5JZ on 29 May 2019 at
http://detlef-meis.de/2019/05/29/mittelwellen-piratensender-in-belgien/
English translation (via Chrome translation):
“It is a Belgian pirate station with irregular medium wave activity. In the past, broadcasting was at 1440 kHz, but changed to 1350 kHz at the beginning of the year.
Website: http://paradisefm.org/
Original (in German): “Es ist eine belgische Piratenstation mit unregelmäßiger Mittelwellenaktivität. In der Vergangenheit wurde auf 1440 kHz gesendet, Anfang des Jahres jedoch auf 1350 kHz umgestellelt.
Website: http://paradisefm.org/
Looks like it’s now on 621 KHz in Eupen.
Liron (22/2-2020)


21/02-2020

BELGIUM
Radio Paradise heard on 621 kHz, on 20 Feb 2020 with perfect signal via Kiwi SDR in Eupen (Belgium) and nowhere else.
Parallel to stream, with 'AM stereo' sticker on the Kiwi screen.
Ray Lalleu (21/2-2020)


20/02-2020

INDIA
Watch out for extended schedule (past 2310 IST/1740 UTC) by AIR stations from South India carrying live broadcast/devotional programs songs/drama/talk etc in regional languages on the ocassion of religious festival "Shivaratri" on 21 February, 2020 (Friday).

Andhra Pradesh in Telugu:
837 kHz Vijayawada
900 kHz Kadapah
927 kHz Visahakapatnam

Puducherry in Tamil
1215 kHz Puducherry
Karnataka in Kannada:
612 kHz Bengaluru
675 kHz Bhadrawathi
765 kHz Dharwad
1107 kHz Gulbarga
1089 kHz Udipi

Tamil Nadu State in Tamil:
720 kHz Chennai
936 kHz Tiruchirapalli
999 kHz Coimbatore
1197 kHz Tirunelveli
1269 kHz Madurai
4920 kHz Chennai

Telangana State in Telugu:
738 kHz Hyderabad
4800 kHz Hyderabad
Tamil FM stations from SriLanka also carry live relay of special program for Maha Shivaratri.
Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi via WOR Groups.io (20/2-2020)

U S A
FCC Dismisses Entertainment Media Trust License Renewals For Failure To Prosecute.
By Lance Venta On Feb 19, 2020
Four St. Louis area stations are on the verge of deletion or forced sale as the FCC’s Administrative Law Judge dismissed the 2012 license renewals for Entertainment Media Trust’s
1190 KQQZ Fairview Heights IL
1430 KZQZ St. Louis
1490 KFTK East St. Louis IL and
1510 WQQW Highland IL for failure to prosecute.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/184586/fcc-dismisses-entertainment-media-trust-license-renewals-for-failure-to-prosecute/
Artie Bigley via WOR Groups.io (20/2-2020)

CANADA
CHANGES COMING TO DUFFERIN STATIONS IN BRANTFORD ON
On Feb.10th, the CRTC granted approval for Dufferin to move the country format from 1380 AM to 93.9 FM and increasing the power at the same time of the FM station to 3kWs. The religious format that is currently on 93.9 [CFWC-FM], will move to 1380 AM. The FM site will be relocated to Dufferin's own site: CKPC-FM.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2020/2020-63.htm
Canadian Radio News fb group (19/2-2020)

NORWAY
Our second station The Ferry, "Your Beautiful Music Connection" has tonight returned to the Medium Wave Broadcasting Band on 1314 kHz, 228 metres from 2059 CET, broadcasting every day with 700 watts 1859-0007 CET from Bergen Kringkaster outside Bergen. The channel has been used for Radio Northern Star since December 18th in connection with that station being hit by lightning the week before.
The Northern Star is now back on its assigned channels 1611 and 5895 kHz.
Coincidentally, Foreningen Bergen Kringkaster, who owns the station was today granted extension of its license by The Norwegian Media and Communication Authorities.
Reports to: 2000@theferry.cc and report@bergen@kringkaster.no
Northern Star Media Services fb group (19/2-2020)

CANADA
Montreal's CFQR 600, which went off the air a couple of months ago after damage in a wind storm is back on the air. Still the same automated playlist as before. CFNV 940 remains off air as of now.
Canadian Radio News fb group (19/2-2020)


18/02-2020

U K
BBC local station Three Counties Radio observed today (18 Feb 2020) on 630 and 1161 kHz with a looped announcement giving retuning information for the service. The mediumwave transmitters are due to be switched off on 6 April.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (18/2-2020)

BRAZIL
Reports of 1st Dx-Camp 15.61 Crew Radio Listeners'
Marajó Island - Amazon Rainforest
Northern Brazil - November 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2019
Ivan Dias da Silva Junior and Martin Butera
https://www.scribd.com/document/447492579/Dxcamp-Marajo-Island-Brazil-2019-Martin-Butera
Thanks to Martin Butera for this interesting report (18/2-2020)


17/02-2020

U K
BBC MW closure dates. And where to find the alternatives to your MW stations:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/work-warning/news/closures-of-some-bbc-local-radio-medium-wave-services
Scroll down the page.
James Robinson (17/2-2020)


16/02-2020

PALAU
1584 kHz Palau to be revived.
UN Development Program has put out an extremely detailed notice calling for bids to replace the 1584 kHz T8AA transmitter on Palau which has been off the air since 2012, leaving the official station on FM 87.9 only with inadequate coverage.
https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=203734 - these details start on page 21 of 64 (Glenn Hauser)
Ben Dawson to WOR Groups.io (16/2-2020)

NORWAY
Radio Northern Star is back on air after 2 months.
Yes, we are back on 1611 and 5895 after lightning strike on December 12th. Great job by LA7CFA!
The power on MW has been raised to 650 watts while the SW still runs at 30.
On air 0420-2307 utc.
Of course we are interested in reception reports, please write to 1000@northernstar.no with cc to styret@bergenkringkaster.no
Northern Star Media Services fb group
(13/2-2020)


15/02-2020

U K
TalkSport 1107 Occombe (Torbay), the seventh site due for closure, which was missing for James Robinson's list [14/02-2020] also looks to have gone off now.
Confirmed this using Kiwi SDRs in Devon yesterday.
Dave Kenny to mwmasts Groups.io (15/2-2020)


14/02-2020

U S A
Tonight I discovered KOHI St Helens OR on 1610!! They're licensed for 1600 with 1 kw/day and .012 kW nights. They have been off air on a silent "STA" to build a new tower at a new site.
I started to wonder how they could be so far off frequency, but they announced they are testing on 1610 'pending FCC approval'. Sounds like they're running 1 kW. Currently airing a local HS basketball play-by-play. I verified ID and also //via Streema. New DX target for many!
73 Mike Cherry, Salt Spring Island BC to WOR Groups.io (14/2-2020)

And also well heard (thanks, Mike!), into Victoria last night local, UTC 14 Feb, with full ID at 05:58 for 1600 AM. Reported to be running either 700 watts or 1 kW, and not the 12 watts licensed.
Walter Salmaniw, WOR groups.io (14/2-2020)

ISRAEL / JORDAN
Bruce Portzer's excellent report from a DXpedition to Israel and Jordan here https://mediumwave.info/reports.html
Ydun Ritz (14/2-2020)

U K
It is now confirmed that all the following have now ceased transmission
Talk Sport from:
1053 kHz: Londonderry MF
1053 kHz: Plumers Barracks
1053 kHz: Pearce's Hill
1053 kHz: Rosemarkie
1089 kHz: Redruth MF
1089 kHz: Redmoss
James Robinson (14/2-2020)


13/02-2020

NEW ZEALAND
Re item from 07/02: RNZ drops plans to move Concert FM back to AM. Lesson: do not mess with Boomers.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/119453609/what-we-know-about-rnzs-planned-youthfocused-station?fbclid=IwAR0oJaLjnNI8O8PMJYFboG7ctuxKt
sCJxEqDNjPP44OIsrW90bA2oMShX9U

David Ricquish to WRTH fb group (13/2-2020)

U K
Just to correct the posting by Jon Collins on mediumwave.info (23/1 and 24/1):
Re BBC R5 football heard on 1386 kHz by Jon Collins in Birmingham, UK (23/1) - he suggests it was Blast Radio (University of West London) but this station has never broadcast on 1386 kHz (nor any MW channel) and is an internet station only.
A different "Blast", Blast 1386 from Reading College here in Reading does broadcast on 1386 kHz. But it never relays BBC R5 Live so it would not be Blast 1386 (Reading) Jon heard either.
If reception was "very strong in Birmingham", it is more likely to be an LPAM local to Jon. There are 7 low power LPAMs active on 1386 in the UK. Possibly HCR (Halesowen College, West Midlands) on 1386 is local to him and was relaying the BBC R5 Wolves v Liverpool match commentary that evening? Or possibly receiver overload from BBC R5 Droitwich on 693 kHz as Jan Roggeveen has suggested?
Alan Pennington, Reading, UK (13/2-2020)

LUXEMBOURG
Radio Caroline on RTL [234 kHz]
We have just received the following news: Sidonie Bonnec and Thomas Hugues will devote their show this afternoon at 14.00 french time (13.00 GMT) to Radio Caroline. Please stay tuned on RTL!
Best wishes, Daniel Lefebvre (13/2-2020)

You can listen to program here https://www.rtl.fr/culture/musique/journee-mondiale-de-la-radio-l-incroyable- histoire-de-radio-caroline-7800087387
Thanks to Nico uit Gouda (15/2-2020)

ARMENIA
Some observations on Armenian frequencies
864 kHz: 1610-1740 TWR including Russian 1640-1710 M-F from Bishkek studio
1350 kHz: 1745-1830 TWR in Kurmanji Kurdish and Turkish. (Sundays 1803-1823 in English translated into Turkish), 1928-2129 various Arabic including Sedaye Zindagi, IBRA etc.
1377 kHz: 1800-2002 (Sat 1830-2002) TWR in Sorani Kurdish and Farsi
1395 kHz: 1330?-1559 Iran International TV in Persian // 11570v or 6270v, 1600-1745 Armenian Radio in Kurdish, Turkish, Azeri, 1745-0500v Iran International TV in Persian // 6270 (Iran International’s TV ID in Farsi is "Media Azadi Iran International")
Rumen Pankov, Bulgaria, 16 Jan to BDXC-UK Communication February via Glenn Hauser WOR Groups.io (13/2-2020)


12/02-2020

BRAZIL
On February 10, 2020, Rádio Globo, São Paulo SP, switched off their medium wave frequency 1100 kHz (150/50 kW). The move had already been announced in 2018 and was then carried out for the medium wave frequency 1220 kHz of Rio de Janeiro. The FM frequencies São Paulo 94.1 MHz and Rio de Janeiro 98.1 MHz remain, as well as eight affiliated medium wave and FM transmitters and different digital distribution platforms (including https://radioglobo.globo.com with streams). The Sistema Globo de Rádio includes the radio brands Rádio Globo (“Music channel for today's Brazilian youth, with the best and most sought-after hits”), CBN (News) and BHFM (music channel in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais).
Rudolf Grimm 10 February; additional information by Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (12/2-2020)


11/02-2020

CANADA
Mathew Sereda is reporting the following: It seems like CFAJ 1220 in Saint Catherines is testing now. I don’t think the signal is a strong as the signal for CHSC was but it is listenable.?? The music sounds pretty similar to what they were playing before they were knocked off the air.
Canadian Radio News fB group (11/2-2020)

I also heard their test broadcast in Toronto on Monday and agree, it does not seem as strong as CHSC was. Are they using the old CHSC towers? Maybe they aren't running full power yet? Allen Dunkin to Canadian Radio News fB group (11/2-2020)

U A E
Radio Asia from the UAE on 1476 kHz, ceased transmissions on Feb, 9th 2020 as they changed to FM band, according to UADX.
Here in Cantabria (Northern Spain) the channel is now dominated for Carillon Wellbeing Radio and occasionally with the TWR waves from Benin Txer. Carillon was a real challenge on 2019 due to low power, but now, after power increasing is not difficult to catch, even with local SER-Radio Santander on 1485 kHz.
Buen DX!
Jorge Garzón Cantabria (Spain) (11/2-2020)


10/02-2020

SPAIN
Spain is facing a real challenge with MW stations. Many of them have sporadic cuts because of old transmitters fail or lack of maintenance. Most are transmitting with reduced power even if public tech details show different numbers.
Radio Pamplona (Cadena SER), stopped transmissions on Feb, 1st 2019 when an endless loop aired on 1575 kHz said that they will be off for a while due to antenna work-in-progress. They also suggested to hear them on the alternative FM frecuencies. A couple of weeks later the loop ceased and never again was reactivated.
On 9th February 2020 the Radio Pamplona monopole at Cizur Menor has been dismantled in 5-6 hours of effective work. The plot is going to be developped for a new residential area.
This is a clear violation of broadcasting laws we have in Spain, as the Telecomm Office has to allow every step they did without preceptive permits.
So Spain has now one less MW station, and there is no doubt that are more to come. Radio Cordoba (SER network) is the only one remaining in the frecuency with a reduced power and could be the next to join the list.
Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez (10/02-2020)

NETHERLANDS
Re Mike Radio 08/02-2020:
Mike Radio [1512kHz] however is a pirate station. The station is not licensed by the Dutch autorities.
Piet van der Vooren (10/2-2020)

U K
Re RADIO CAROLINE NORTH returns to our radio ship Ross Revenge for second live broadcast of 2020.
Join us on SATURDAY 15th and SUNDAY 16th FEBRUARY for all the best music from the 60s – early 90s, plus the chance to win a subscription to The Beat magazine.
We're LIVE from the River Blackwater from 10.30 am on Saturday. Listen in on Re 648 AM in the South and South-East, on Re 1368 AM in the North and North-West courtesy of our friends at Re Manx Radio, around the world online via the Radio Caroline app and Radio Player, and on smart speakers.
We'd love to hear from you – email us during the broadcast at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk and remember, it's the only address that gets you straight through to us directly onboard.
http://radiocaroline.co.uk via Mike Terry, WOR groups.io (10/2-2020)


08/02-2020

NETHERLANDS
Mike Radio will do some test transmissions in the end of February and March on frequency 1512 AM.
Tests are expected on some sunday early mornings, start around 06.00 CET.
Reception possibilities in (Western) Europe.
A new 1/4 wave antenna set up is part of the test.
More info: http://mikeradio.nl
There is also a reportbook on the website available.
G. Leusink (8/2-2020)

NETHERLANDS
Many Dutch LPAM stations have gone off the air today or will go off. This is just temporarily. In order to protect their antennas. The storm Ciara will hit the Netherlands tomorrow with quite heavy winds predicted. Remember that most LPAM are one-man hobby operations. They will be back next week. All main football matches have been cancelled too.
Julius Hermans in DXing.info FB group (8/2-2020)


07/02-2020

TURKMENISTAN
The carrier of TR1 Watan is back on 279 KHz, but with no modulation and no humming. Earlier the humming was mixed with the very low audio. Probably they are testing the TX and it will be back soon with good modulation.
Tringer László (7/2-2020)

NEW ZEALAND
RNZ Concert to leave FM and move back to AM only while new youth station takes over FM. Future use of the AM frequencies currently shared with christian broadcaster Star not yet known, but RNZ AM Network will still carry Parliament when it is in session.
More than 10,000 people have signed a petition calling on RNZ to ditch plans to gut its music station RNZ Concert. Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has also criticised the move.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/409034/rnz-concert-change-a-great-loss-for-classical-art-sector? fbclid=IwAR2e3BK6QWlLi5suV93C_GXFfp-Ge8-AjVNH0K_h0Rcm5Byla7ZNDk-PUHQ
David Ricquish to WRTH FB group (7/2-2020)


06/02-2020

AUSTRALIA
657 KHz Perth, Western Australia used to be Rete Italia, an Italian and other languages radio station.  However as of Tuesday night/Wednesday morning there is a continuous loop of music and announcements that normal programming will resume shortly, except it just repeats the music and the announcements.
 Over the weekend there was a continuous loop of music and announcements which included "Welcome to Crocmedia."
"Liron" (5/2-2020)


04/02-2020

INDIA
AIR battles 5-hr ‘blackout’ hitch as Prasar Bharti eyes digital switch.
Avid radio listeners in many parts of Uttar Pradesh have reported what they call, a “curious disturbance” during the transmission from Lucknow centre of All India Radio’s (AIR’s) primary medium wave channel these days.
Aired at 747 kilohertz frequency, the primary channel goes blank daily at 9 am, just when AIR’s Lucknow channel is broadcasting Urdu news that is run daily from 8.50 am to 9.05 am. After lasting for two hours, the disruption clears at 11 am only to return again during the evening broadcast at 3 pm; the second disruption lasting three hours making it a total 5 hour ‘blackout’ – a development which has caught the listeners unaware.....
More on the story here: https://www.hindustantimes.com/lucknow/air-battles-5-hr-blackout-hitch-as-prasar-bharti -eyes-digital-switch/story-DDVZh1l7qWD0pwwhZH5MiN.html
Hindustan Times (4/2-2020)

IRELAND
Asked by Mauno Ritola today, BAI replied:
Spirit Radio was the only applicant so will be the only company with a possible commercial AM license in the Republic of Ireland.
The station on 1494 kHz "Energy FM" must be a pirate, transmitting occasionally.
Ydun Ritz (4/2-2020)


03/02-2020

IRELAND
Re. Ireland items February 1st:
I asked Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and they said that there are no new AM licences being granted by them, so Dave, where is your info from?
Thanks.
Mauno Ritola (3/2-2020)

THE WORLD
UNESCO will celebrate the 9th edition of World Radio Day on 13 February 2020. Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).
Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.
Details here: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldradioday
Ydun Ritz (3/2-2020)

U K
Changes to 1026kHz Knockbracken currently carrying Downtown Radio.
From 1 March 2020 this frequency will carry
2200-1900 Downtown Radio
1900-2200 Downtown Country
The existing VHF outlets of Downtown Radio will carry on 24 hours a day but with a new programme on the evenings. All country shows are moving off FM but continuing on MW.
The full Downtown Country station is on DAB in Northern Ireland 24 hours a day but will only be heard on MW for the existing 3 hours a day and will not be broadcast on FM from 1 March.
James Robinson (3/2-2020)


01/02-2020

CANADA

The following Canadian MW stations have be removed from the Industry Science and Economic Canada database signifying that they are no longer on air:
CBUU Clinton BC 1070; replaced with FM
CBUM Nakusp BC 900; replaced with FM
CHMO Moosonee ON 1450
CBLW White R. ON 1010; replaced with FM
CHFO Gatineau PQ 1350
CBSI-5 Natashquan PQ 1100; replaced with FM
CJBW Jans Bay SK 1330
CKDR-3 Hudson ON; replaced with FM
Andy Reid (1/2-2020)

IRELAND
I saw that report about "AM BC stations in Ireland getting licences as of January" [see below].
I never heard about this one- and being in the IRTS I would have been told about it a long time ago. Is there any link about it?
Only "Spirit Radio" on 549 kHz has a licence here in Ireland- noone else.
The station on 1494 kHz is gone again. It just comes up several times per year for a test. I live just 30 kilometres south of the person who runs it.
He has no licence and just does it for the "craic". When it is running, it has- naturally- a huge signal here.
Regards Michael Foertig (1/2-2020)

IRELAND
Since last Friday 24th January, I have been hearing “Energy FM” which is sourced from Tenerife, being relayed by a transmitting facility based in County Sligo Ireland, reactivated on 1494 KHZ. This small low power transmitter has been often on air for short bursts relaying various stations, and then has then disappeared for very long periods of time.
With the allowing of many new am licences in Ireland as from January 2020 it may well be that this channel will be permanently on air. Watch this space.
Dave Angell (30/01-2020)


27/01-2020

CANADA
Two Canadian MW stations are lowering their power because of technical issues:
CFBC 930 Saint John New Brunswick will go from 50kWs to 2kWs day and 150 watts at night:
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2020/2020-23.htm
CKAD 1350 Middleton Nova Scotia will go from 1KW at night to 400 watts. Day power will remain 1kW:
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2020/2020-22.htm
Andy Reid (27/1-2020)

RUSSIA and TRANSNISTRIA
Broadcasting in Russian of Russian stations on medium waves - Russia / Pridnestrovie (Transnistria).
- Vesti FM round the clock / 1413 kHz / 500 kW / Mayak (Pridnestrovie)
- Pravoslavnoe Radio of St. Petersburg. 02.00-06.00 and 14.00-18.00 UTC / 828 kHz / 10 kW / St. Petersburg (Olgino)
- Radio Gazeta "Slovo", 06.00-14.00 and 18.00-02.00 UTC / 828 kHz / 10 kW / St. Petersburg (Olgino)
- Radio Maria. 07.00-11.00 and 15.00-19.00 UTC / 1053 kHz / 10 kW / St. Petersburg
- Radio Radonezh. 16.00-21.00 UTC / 684 kHz / 10 kW / St. Petersburg (Olgino)
- Radio Vostok Russii. The broadcasting direction is Khabarovskiy kray. 21.00-12.00 UTC / 765 kHz / 5 kW
/ Berezovy 5 kW
/ Bikin 5 kW
/ Bogorodskoye 5 kW
/ Vyazemsky 5 kW
/ De-Castries 20 kW
/ Komsomolsk-on-Amur 5 kW
/ Krasnoe 5 kW
/ Sovetskaya Gavan 5 kW
/ Troitskoe 20 kW
/ Khabarovsk 5 kW
/ Zimmermanovka 5 kW
/ Chegdomyn 5 kW
/ Yagodny
(Handbook "Broadcasting in Russian. B19: Fall 2019 - Spring 2020")
"RUS-DX" #1065 via Anatoly Klepov (27/1-2020)


25/01-2020

U K
About the reception of bbc radio 5 it might be caused by the receiver. bbc radio 5 is on 693 khz, 1386 is double that frequency.
It can be a kind of interference if the receiver is used nearby a high power 693 mediumwave station and the receiver used cannot handle that high level signal properly, of the hf circuit is not properly adjusted. In holland I had a similar problem living nearby highpower 1008 and 747 transmitter.
Greetings, Jan Roggeveen from the Netherlands (24/1-2020)

found out the name of station on 1386, its a university station from London (blast radio from university of west london uk) on 1386 sometimes links up with bbc radio 5, the name of the station is blastradio, email adress blastradioradio@gmail.com
73, Jon Collins (24/1-2020)


24/01-2020

U K
Wondering what the location is for BBC Radio 5 heard with football etc on 1386 at 21:30 utc-gmt with very strong reception in Birmingham UK, underneath are radios free europe/ radio liberty in the russian language but can easily be nulled out; my radio tecsun pl-660+tecsun am-mw loop.
73, Jon Collins (23/1-2020)
My best guess would be a LPAM on 1386 kHz relaying BBC Radio 5, but I really don't know. Anybody any ideas?
Ydun Ritz (24/1-2020)


22/01-2020

U K
Carillon Wellbeing Radio.
The transmission site on 1476 is using a helical type antenna constructed from a fibre pole 23.8m high self supporting, most days I run an evaluation on different sdr to try an evaluate its efficiency particularly on sky wave. The electrical efficiency works out at about 63%.
So far we have had now over 3800 reports some as far away as Canada and Newfoundland. If the antenna is of interest have a look at our YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLsiylMpqXo) towards the end [13,12 minutes into the video] it shows the setup.
More on the Carillon Wellbeing Radio history can be found here http://carillonradio.com/history/
Future plans, as mentioned in the video, includes DAB.
Thanks to Jon Sketchley, the founder of Carillon Wellbeing Radio, for this information.
Ydun Ritz (22/1-2020)


21/01-2020

AUSTRALIA
801 KHz Radio Italia Gosford has been off air for some time, but today I confirmed it for the first time. This used to be a loud groundwave signal into Sydney. Great news for Sydney and nearby DXers.
There is a current radio progression of MW -> FM -> DIGITAL. The high power ABC radio regional stations will likely be the last remaining, especially given the recent Australian bushfire disaster. It would be wise to record what remaining MW stations are on air before they go off. Like analog TV, they won't be back. I note from Alan Davies' list that quite of few former high power MW transmitters have been off for some time [1].
Here is a shortlist in order of reception probability for NSW DXers what might be possible on 801 KHz:
801 5RM Classic Hits Berri, South Australia AUS 2 kW, oldies.
801 4QY ABC Far North Cairns Queensland AUS 2 kW.
801 Rhema Nelson, New Zealand 1 or 2 kW, religious.
801 China, various nominal 10 kW.
801 Indonesia.
Regards, Todd to ICDX-AM Groups.io (21/01-2020)


19/01-2020

AUSTRIA
New MW radio station Museumradio AM 1476 in Salzkammergut will hopefully come to the airwaves during Spring 2020. Programme will consist mostly of music from old vinyl records.
https://www.plattenkiste.radio/index-b.htm (site in German)
Stig Hartvig Nielsen (19/1-2020)


16/01-2020

U K
Ofcom have approved Talk Sport's request to reduce medium wave coverage but no date has yet been given.
There are 7 transmitters which will not carry Talk Sport in future. These are:
1053 kHz: Londonderry MF
1053 kHz: Plumers Barracks
1053 kHz: Pearce's Hill
1053 kHz: Rosemarkie
1089 kHz: Redruth MF
1089 kHz: Redmoss MF
1107 kHz: Occombe
James Robinson (16/1-2020)


14/01-2020

U K
The BBC has announced plans to close the following transmitters on the shown frequencies between February and June 2020
585 kHz Dumfries
630 kHz Redruth MF
630 kHz Luton MF
657 kHz Bodmin
666 kHz Fulford
810 kHz Redmoss
855 kHz Postwick
882 kHz Forden
882 kHz Tywyn
999 kHz Fareham
1125 kHz Llandrydrodd Wells
1161 kHz Kempston MF
1260 kHz Scarborough
1359 kHz Fern Barrow
1458 kHz Wrekerton
1458 kHz Whitehaven MF
1485 kHz Wallasey
and one other. This site is not yet known.
James Robinson (14/1-2020)

AUSTRALIA
I can confirm that:
1. Rete Italia - Shepparton 1629kHz is back on air. Seams to be exactly on frequency. TX site still unknown.
2. Radio Nostalgia - Melbourne 1629kHz back on air for a couple of months now. https://www.facebook.com/Radio-Nostalgia-Australia-2305782966365630/
3. Rete Italia - Wangaratta 1620kHz - still off air
4. Earlier I reported that Vision Christian Radio - Bathurst 1629kHz is now back on air.
Ian via mwmasts groups.io (14/1-2020)


13/01-2020

U K
Information about closure of BBC local AM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/8bda7cd8-fdf8-41f5-8f3c-212cf5f7c86f
The stations which will no longer be transmitted on MW are:
§ Three Counties Radio (3CR) [603 kHz / 1161 kHz]
§ Radio Merseyside [1485 kHz]
§ Radio Newcastle [1458 kHz]
§ Radio Solent (for Dorset) [1359 kHz]
§ Radio Solent [999 kHz]
§ Radio Cornwall [630 kHz / 667 kHz]
§ Radio York [1260 kHz / 666 kHz]
In addition, the following stations will have reduced MW coverage:
Radio Scotland
§ Areas in and around both Aberdeen and Kirkcudbright [Redmoss 810 kHz / Dumfries 585kHz]
Radio Wales
§ Tywyn, Forden and Llandrindod Wells transmitter areas [Twyen882 kHz, Forden 882 kHz, Llandrindod 1125 kHz]
Radio Cumbria
§ Areas in and around Whitehaven [1458 kHz]
Radio Norfolk
§ Areas in and around Norwich [855 kHz]
73 Jarmo Patala, Hyvinkaa Finland (13/1-2020)

U K
Further changes to some BBC local radio medium wave services
Monday 13 January 2020, 9:00
Kieran Clifton, Director, BBC Distribution and Business Development
In my blog posted in the summer of 2017, I explained the BBC’s plans for local radio and the reasons for the closure of some of our medium wave transmitters - which happened in January last year. This was the first stage of putting into action a plan that the BBC originally announced in 2011. Starting in February 2020, and completing in mid-2020, we will be moving on to the next stage of the plan, closing a further 18 medium wave transmitters across England, Scotland and Wales. There is a list of services affected at the end of this blog post.
My earlier blog post explained why we are closing some local medium wave transmitters, but I wanted to recap again here. The majority of radio listening in the UK - including to the BBC - is now digital, and digital listening is continuing to grow. We want to make our services available to you when and how you want them, but it’s also right that the BBC continues to ensure that the ways we distribute our services represent good value for money for you, the licence fee payer.
The BBC is committed to a digital future for radio, and in the past few years we have funded local DAB expansion, made all local radio stations available on digital terrestrial TV (such as Freeview), and we have transformed our online and mobile offering with BBC Sounds. Together with FM (which has recently been expanded for Radio Wales), these ways of receiving our stations now make up the great majority of listening, and as a result continuing to transmit these services on medium wave would no longer represent good value for money.
This change was planned as long ago as 2011, but we have taken a measured approach to implementing it to ensure that as many of you as possible have already moved on to other ways of receiving the services before we make this change. We know that the changes will impact some of you, and that’s why we’re speaking about the plans again now. We want to make sure that people listening to these transmissions will be able to use other methods to hear the same programmes.
All stations which will be affected will continue to be on FM and digital outputs (such as DAB, digital television, or online). For most people, re-tuning their radios or cars to FM or DAB is likely to be the simplest solution.
You can use our Problem Assistant tool to get more information on how to access all BBC services in your area.
The stations which will no longer be transmitted on MW are:
§ Three Counties Radio (3CR)
§ Radio Merseyside
§ Radio Newcastle
§ Radio Solent (for Dorset)
§ Radio Solent
§ Radio Cornwall
§ Radio York
In addition, the following stations will have reduced MW coverage:
Radio Scotland
§ Areas in and around both Aberdeen and Kirkcudbright
Radio Wales
§ Tywyn, Forden and Llandrindod Wells transmitter areas
Radio Cumbria
§ Areas in and around Whitehaven
Radio Norfolk
§ Areas in and around Norwich
https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/8bda7cd8-fdf8-41f5-8f3c-212cf5f7c86f 13 January 2020 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (13/1-2020)

U K
The news comes from BDXC @ Groups.io and originally was from the BBC website blog. Kieran Clifton announced a further 18 MW closures covering England Scotland and Wales. It was announced today - 13 January 2020. Thanks also go to Dave Kenny for his analysis of the initial announcement.
The closures will take place between February and the middle of this year.
Above my 1kW threshold are the following due to close.....
In England - Fareham 999kHz, Liverpool - Wallasey 1485kHz , Newcastle-on-Tyne - Wrekenton 1458kHz, Norwich - Postwick 855kHz, and Redruth - Lanner Hill 630kHz.
In Scotland - Aberdeen - Redmoss 810kHz, and Dumfries 585kHz.
In Wales - Forden 882kHz, Llandrindod Wells 1125kHz, and Tywyn 882kHz.
Further announcements will come re exact closure dates.
Dan Goldfarb, mwmasts groups.io (13/1-2020)

AUSTRALIA
It has been reported by one Aussie media source that 2XL 918kHz switched off their MW TXer today.
Am wondering about how sensible it is switching off these MW transmitters off after the transition to FM in the mountainous, hilly terrain areas of national parks, native bushland and where communities are sited amongst given the horrendous bushfires that continue to rage across NSW and Victoria (and isolated parts of SA).
Several FM transmitter buildings, antenna installations and infrastructures in south east NSW and SE Vic have been destroyed by fires leaving people without a means of knowing what is going on after fire has destroyed powerlines, telecommunications, radio and TV infrastructure - which is often located on hills or mountain tops surrounded by dense bushland and highly flammable eucalyptus trees.
We once had Radio Australia SW transmission facilities at Shepparton that was sometimes used for emergency purposes for QLD. Seams to me that the importance of retaining and reactivating (in some cases) MW and SW domestic broadcasting should be reviewed in light of the recent and continuing fire emergencies.
MW transmission antennas in this country are often located in open cleared land where the fire threat is low or where it can be more easily controlled.
Ian via mwmasts groups.io (13/1-2020)


12/01-2020

CHINA / MACAU
According to December 19 edition of Chinese radio information site https://cahcn.github.io/posts/2019-12-19-CNR7.html, China National Radio (CNR) is planning to set up the transmitter site for Voice of Greater Bay Area in Macau. In December 2019, the equipment needed was tendered and procured. No admission was given from Macau Government at the time. 1kW FM transmitter was temporarily set at Mt.Chuandi transmitter site of CNR Zhuhai Radio and TV station in Zhuhai city (in Chinese mainland) on the opposite bank of Macau. The planning frequency has not been announced yet.
In the end of December 2019, CNR’s “Voice of Greater Bay Area” is transmit from the following sites in Pearl River Delta region:
Foshan FM93.2MHz
Guangzhou FM98.0MHz
Zhongshan FM101.2 MHz (Mt.Wugui transmitter site)
Zhuhai AM1215kHz
“Greater Bay Area” is the name of large megalopolis on the coast of Guangdong province, consisting 9 cities in Pearl River Delta region of Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, and Macau, advocated by Chinese government in 2016.
Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan via WOR groups.io (12/1-2020)


11/01-2020

CANADA
VOAR 1210 in St. John's has gone off the air.
Matthew Gillie informs us that VOAR 1210 in St. John's did indeed go dark yesterday as planned after flipping to 96.7 FM. VOAR is one of Canada's oldest radio stations signing on the air in 1929.
VOAR's history can be found on this link to the CCF site:
http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listing_and_histories/radio/voar-am?fbclid=IwAR1xeUi8at-3gq4J7J rx67k1W35v9ObE8CYFqIlpJmUAedWsgHLBs1qGTpE
Canadian Radio News fb group (11/1-2020)


10/1-2020

TURKS and CAICOS ISLANDS
Radio Vision Cristiana is now rebuilding its Medium Wave station in South Caicos – acc. to direct information from the station. Radio Vision Cristiana was broadcasting on 530 kHz from South Caicos until it was knocked out by Hurricane Frances in 2004. The planned new on-air date is not known.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, WRTH (10/1-2020)


09/01-2020

DENMARK
Radio208 on 1440 kHz has increased power from 300 W to 500 W this afternoon and a new audio processor has been connected.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, Radio208 (9/1-2020)


08/01-2020

INDIA
The following 3 stations of All India Radio have closed down their 1 kW MW transmitters in favour of FM transmitters of same power very recently
1, Joranda, Odisha State 1485 kHz
2. Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh State 1584 kHz
3. Soro, Odisha State 1485 kHz
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, India to mwmasts groups.io (8/1-2020)


05/01-2020

MALDIVES
Dhivehi Raajjeyege Adu [Voice of Maldives] 1449 kHz has begun service 29 Dec. 2019 from its brand new 25 kW Nautel transmitter and the antenna field installed at Thilafushi island, 7 Km from Male, the Maldivian capital city.
Heard in Norway 31 Dec. via remote http://kongsdr.ddns.net:8074/
Reidar Bø
in DX-LISTENERS' CLUB fb group (4/1-2020)


02/01-2020

U K
I'm very pleased to invite you to listen to the 2nd top fifteen I have prepared to your intention and which will be broadcast on Radio Caroline, next friday morning january 3rd, between 9 and 10 English time (=UTC). To be able to listen to the show, you can either go on internet on the Caroline web site http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk or on 648 kHz, on the medium wave band or on DAB.
I wish you a very good and pleasant year 2020 on Radio Caroline.
Daniel Lefebvre (2/1-2020)


01/01-2020

GERMANY / FRANCE
183 kHz LW ceased at 2229 UTC and transmitter was noted ff by 2300 UTC.
James Robinson (1/1-2020)

CANADA
After a long wait, Radio Humsafar CIRF is on the air in Brampton Ontario. 1350kHz at 1/0.04 kW.
It airs Asian programming and will officially go on air in January. It is testing now.
1350.ca
is the web site.
Andy Reid (31/12-2019)


31/12-2019

CANADA
VOAR 1210 MW has announced a closing date of Jan. 10/2020
http://lighthousefm.org/
Andy Reid (31/12-2019)

GERMANY / FRANCE
Europe 1 is closing down it's LW 183 kHz Felsberg at midnight between 2019 and 2020.
Voici cette boucle d'émail pour vous informé que Europe 1 annonce l'arrêt des Grandes Ondes se soir 00h00 via la presse!
https://www.lalettre.pro/Europe-1-coupe-son-emetteur-Grandes-Ondes_a21453.html
Gaétan Teyssonneau (31/12-2019)

ABKHAZIA
Abkhazian Radio.
WEB: http://www.apsua.tv/rus/radio/
Broadcasting in Russian.
1350 kHz / 30 kW / Sukhumi
10/05/05.30 (Mon-Fri), 10/15/15.30 (Mon-Fri)
"Broadcasting in Russian" B19: Fall 2019 - Spring 2019
RUS-DX #1061 via Anatoly Klepov (31/12-2019)

LITHUANIA
Our schedule from January 1:
Radio Baltic Waves International from January 1, 2020:
Viešintos, 1386 kHz, 75 kW, UTC:
03:30 - 04:00 NHK World Japan Russian
04:00 - 05:00 Radio Poland Belarusian
05:00 - 05:30 Radio Poland Ukrainian
12:30 - 13:00 Radio Poland German
13:00 - 14:00 Radio Poland English
16:30 - 17:00 Radio Poland Polish
17:00 - 17:30 Radio Poland Russian
17:30 - 18:00 NHK World Japan Russian
18:00 - 21:00 Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian
Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan, Russia / "deneb-radio-dx"
RUS-DX #1061 via Anatoly Klepov (31/12-2019)

UKRAINE
Radio Crimea. Realities.
WEB: http://ru.krymr.com/
Broadcasting in Russian.
648 kHz / 10 kW / Chongar
873 kHzspan> / 50 kW / Hours Yar
06.00-06.49 (Mon-Fri), 06.40-06.59 (Sat), 10.00-10.19 (Sat), 15.00-15.46 (Sat), 16.29-17.29 (Mon-Fri)
“Broadcasting in Russian” B19: Fall 2019 - Spring 2010.
RUS-DX #1061 via Anatoly Klepov (31/12-2019)

U S A
KQV 1410 kHz - Pittsburgh PA U.S.A.
Has returned to the airways, using an easy listening format. This station is one of the oldest, if not the oldest broadcasting station in the Pittsburgh area. It went off the air in 2018 after more than 75 years of operation. It has new owners and appears to be operating from another radio site located east of Pittsburgh. Below are several links regarding the return of KQV 1410 kHz to the airways.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KQV
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/hempfield-owners-bring-kqv-am-back-on-the-air-in- pittsburgh-with-instrumental-music/
So far, as I type this, I am thoroughly enjoying the music. I suspect that its new site is not far from my home south of Pittsburgh.Those of you who perform broadcast band dxing, might have a problem hearing this station as it appears to be running 75 watts at night.
73 de Chuck Gessner W3ON via WOR groups.io (31/12-2019)


28/12-2019

AUSTRALIA
Info on one of the most frequent Australian MW signals in Northern Norway:
Al Kirton, who is GM of 4KZ in Innisfail, QLD 531 khz states that the relay on 1620khz Taylors Beach/Ingham QLD is to close on December 31st. The station also has another relay at Karumba on 1611 kHz, plus a recently installed SW frequency of 5055 kHz.
(NZDXT, Chris Rogers via BC)
Svenn Martinsen to DX-Listeners' Club FB group (28/12-2019)


27/12-2019

U K
Consultation on the Renewal of Analogue Commercial Radio Licences
Published 23 December 2019
From: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Summary: This consultation seeks views on whether to extend licences for analogue commercial radio stations. This consultation closes at 5pm on 21 February 2020.
Consultation description
Although digital radio now accounts for around 57% of all radio listening, analogue stations remain an important platform for millions of listeners who still use FM and AM radio services every day.
A number of FM and AM licences are due to expire from early 2022, including those for Classic FM and TalkSport. Ofcom does not have the power to renew these licences for a longer period under current legislation. Therefore, the government is seeking views on whether analogue licences should be renewed for a further period and if so, how long they should be renewed for.
Documents at
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-renewal-of-analogue-commercial-radio-licences
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (27/12-2019)


24/12-2019

LUXEMBOURG / GERMANY
Important for your LW reports:
"Unfortunately, we do not confirm receipt via internet-based publicly accessible receivers (such as SDR Uni Twente etc). Although the solution is interesting, we only answer QSL inquiries with your own reception technology. I hope you understand.
Eugène Muller, Head of Technical Services and Transmissions, [Broadcasting Center Europe]."
Google translation via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (24/12-2019)


23/12-2019

GERMANY / FRANCE
A bad confirmation Europe 1 will leave LW on 183 kHz, the transmitter will be close.
Here is the message received today (in 3 languages) from Lagardére News (the owner of Europe 1). So onlys some days to get the nice QSL from Europe to Eugène Muller Eugene_Muller@bce.lu
"Dear Sir. As listening habits are changing and the use of digital media is increasing, Europe 1 will no longer broadcast on the long wave from midnight on December 31, 2019. A choice assumed by the station which has always shown innovation in its way of thinking and conceiving the listening of its programs. The environmental approach also motivated this decision. Leaving the big waves is also protecting the environment. Happy holidays to you.
Constance BENQUÉ, Managing Director Lagardère News, (Europe 1 / Paris Match / JDD) CEO ELLE Internationals
Christian Ghibaudo (23/12-2019)

GERMANY / FRANCE
As listening habits are changing and the use of digital media is increasing, Europe 1 will no longer broadcast on the long wave from midnight on December 31, 2019.
A choice assumed by the station which has always shown innovation in its way of thinking and conceiving the listening of its programs. The environmental approach also motivated this decision. Leaving the big waves is also protecting the environment. Happy holidays to you.
Constance BENQUÉ, Managing Director Lagardère News, (Europe 1 / Paris Match / JDD) CEO ELLE Internationals via Gaétan Teyssonneau (23/12-2019)

ICELAND
Solstice bandscan December 2019
I went outside around 2340Z with the radio, meeting better weather than I had expected. It was calm and cloudy but dry. Lots of slush on the ground after today's sleet.
Once more, the LW band presented no surprises, the remaining regulars all in place.
The MW band had a lot of Spanish stations (mostly Radio Nacional, I would guess), but I heard only one Arabic-sounding station which may well have been a N-African. The Brits were out, if not mob-handed. I did hear an Absolute Radio relay on 1242 kHz, and something from Smooth Radio on 1152 and 1161 kHz. I also heard some English on 549 kHz, if I remember correctly, but don't know where from.
In other news, BBC R. Scotland on 810 kHz has been my primary evening entertainment for the last few weeks due to local interference hitting 1215 kHz hard.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (23/12-2019)


22/12-2019

SWEDEN
The only LPAM station in Sweden "The Asphalt Telegraph" is back on the air. The Asphalt Telegraph on air 23rd of December 2019 to 5th of January 2020. “Now we have a license again, now at Europe's best mediumwave frequency, 1494 kHz, with no stations at all on the air in EU when Radio Moldova is off air between 20.00 UTC- 03.55 UTC when they open again. This is the most noise-free frequency in all of Europe, so there is a chance that our 300 watts can reach the state side! We have noted signals from our station on a web-sdr receiver in eastern Iceland.
Reception reports are welcome at 1494khz@gmail.com
Asfalttelegrafen via Kari Kallio (22/12-2019)


21/12-2019

ALGERIA
After the test tone, CHAINE 1 is installed on 891 KHz Ouled Fayet.
The power maybe 600 kW.
Amine Ferhane (21/12-2019)

LITHUANIA / POLAND
"Starting in the new year, listeners will be able to tune in to Radio Poland’s English Service through a new rebroadcasting arrangement on 1386 kHz medium wave.
Broadcasts will be available from 13:00 to 14:00 UTC (14:00 to 15:00 CET) seven days a week as of January 1, 2020.
They will be aired from a transmitter operated by Radio Baltic Waves at Viesintos, Anyksciai in Lithuania.
We trust this new initiative will further expand listening opportunities for our audiences."
https://www.polskieradio.pl/395/7789/Artykul/2425359,Radio-Poland-expands-coverage
Mike Terry in WOR groups.io (21/12-2019)


20/12-2019

NORWAY
Radio Northern Star is back in the AM band! Since 1659 CET (1559 UTC) today and each day until 7 past midnight local (2307 UTC) we are now broadcasting the best classic pop and rock from both sides of the Atlantic over LLE-2 Bergen Kringkaster 1314 kHz 228 metres. Power is 700 watts and we expect good local, Scandinavian and Northern Europe coverage. Some interference expected from Radio Oltenia and RNE5.
Reception reports to: 1000@northernstar.no
Thanks to my excellent colleagues in FBK!
Northern Star Media Services fb group (20/12-2019)

U K
"You can hear Radio Caroline North during 2020 on the following dates through our dedicated stream, on 1368 AM via Manx Radio or our own 648 AM transmitter.
18/19 January
15/16 February
14/15 March
10/13th April (Easter)
9/10 May
27/28 June
18/19 July"
No further dates!
https://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#manx_info.html
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (20/12-2019)

U K
Just found this on Facebook.
Carnaby Street Club.
The Radio Caroline Christmas Special will be broadcast Friday 20th at 5pm (UTC) on Manx Radio.
You can listen on FM, AM1368 and online at manxradio.com.
Mike Terry via WOR groups.io (20/12-2019)


19/12-2019

DENMARK
Radio208 [1440 kHz] is coming in the Netherlands on my Sdrplay RSPdx on a acitve loop antenna.
Signal is about S6-7 now on this moment. Very good for a 300 Watt tx!
Greetings, Rolf (19/12-2019)

DENMARK
New Radio208 on 1440 kHz, which went on air yesterday in the Copenhagen area, has increased power from 60 W to 300 W.
Reports from listeners in western Denmark, southern Sweden and Finland so far.
Ydun Ritz (19/12-2019)


18/12-2019

U K
Confirmation The Radio Seagull outlet on 1476 KHZ is from Carillon Wellbeing Radio in Coalville, Leicester, and puts out a fine signal, not only in the East midlands but also much further afield. It was a good decision to take this programme, as they provide a very excellent alternative music service in the evenings.
Dave Angell (18/12-2019)

ALGERIA
Chaine 1, Algeria has been activated again on 891 KHZ and is a very strong signal here in the UK. It is just sending a 1 KHZ continuous tone at this time, and was heard throughout the evening of 17th December with a very loud modulated tone. Though when playing the station it is much quieter.
Dave Angell (18/12-2019)


17/12-2019

DENMARK
NEW on MW in Copenhagen area. Radio208 on 1440 kHz started testing today Tuesday December 17th with 60 W. Later full power 500 W.
Ydun Ritz
(17/12-2019)

ALGERIA
Algiers seems to have reactivated its outlet on 891 KHZ.
Now at 2000 they broadcast a program in Arabic. Still the modulation is pretty low and distorted. However, here in central Europe the signal is good. So reception is at SIO: 442.
Zeljko Crncic (17/12-2019)

ALGERIA
Be informed that the frequency 891 MW [Ouled Fayet] ALGERIA is test tone now. Maybe it will be CHAINE 1.
Amine Ferhane (17/12-2019)

ARMENIA
According to an updated list, broadcasting time of the Arabic programmes on AM 1350 kHz [TWR Gavar] for Middle East is from 19:30 UTC until 21.55 UTC.
They also transmit "Dardasha" which can be heard on BVB via shortwave too.
Robert D (16/12-2019)

U K
Issue 393 of Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin 16 December 2019
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/185551/Issue-393-broadcast-and-on-demand-bulletin.pdf
In Breach
Top Fifteens
Radio Caroline, 30 September 2019, 09:55

Introduction
Radio Caroline [648 kHz] is a community station playing a mix of adult-orientated rock music from the 1960s onwards. The licence for this service is held by Radio Caroline AM Broadcasting Ltd ("Radio Caroline" or "the Licensee").
Ofcom received a complaint about the broadcast of the Radiohead track Creep which contained three uses of the word "fucking".
Ofcom requested the Licensee’s comments under Rule 2.3 of the Code which states: "In applying generally accepted standards broadcasters must ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context…Such material may include, but is not limited to, offensive language…".
Response
Radio Caroline highlighted that the station is operated entirely by volunteers spread geographically over a wide area, and that as a community station it involves "as many volunteers and listeners as possible". It explained that the track was aired due to a “simple error” between two volunteers who shared the tasks of scheduling the tracks and voicing links.
The Licensee said that it now has a forum for volunteers to communicate with each other more easily. It is also creating a single database of music so that tracks are not selected from external sources, which it says "will mitigate…the risk of recurrence of this type of problem". It went on to say that listener suggestions for tracks are now "examined by one staff member and only used or added to the available list if the content is acceptable".
The Licensee stated that "no apology was broadcast…because the problem was not identified until it was brought to [its] notice many days later". It concluded by saying that there was "no justification for the use of explicit language" and that it would "not knowingly play such a track".
Decision
Ofcom’s research on offensive language makes clear that the word "fuck" is considered by audiences to be among the most offensive language.
Reflecting our duties under the Communications Act, Rule 2.3 requires that the broadcast of potentially offensive material is justified by the context. Context includes the service on which it is broadcast, the time of broadcast and likely audience expectations.
In our view, the majority of listeners to this station at this time of day were unlikely to have expected to hear the most offensive language. In particular, we took into account that no apology was broadcast. Ofcom took into account that the language had been broadcast live in error, and the steps the Licensee said it was taking. However, Ofcom’s Decision is that this programme was in breach of Rule 2.3.
Ofcom 16 December 2019 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/12-2019)

U K
Issue 393 of Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin 16 December 2019
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/185551/Issue-393-broadcast-and-on-demand-bulletin.pdf
Broadcast Licence Conditions cases
In Breach
Non-provision of service
Premier Christian Communications Ltd, July 2019 to present.
Premier Christian Communications Ltd (“Premier Christian Communications” or “the Licensee”) holds the analogue Commercial Radio licences for the service Premier Christian Radio (Greater London).
Ofcom became aware that the service had not been broadcasting on one of its assigned frequencies, 1332 KHz, from its transmission site in Bow since July 2019. The Licensee was, therefore, not delivering the service in accordance with its published Format to the whole of the licensed area.
Ofcom considered that this raised potential issues under Conditions 2(1) and 2(4) in Part 2 of the Schedule to the licence. These state, respectively:
• "The Licensee shall provide the Licensed Service specified in the Annex for the licence period and shall secure that the Licensed Service serves so much of the licensed area as is for the time being reasonably practicable".
• "The Licensee shall ensure that the Licensed Service accords with the proposals set out in the Annex so as to maintain the character of the Licensed Service throughout the licence period".
Ofcom requested the Licensee’s comments on how it was complying with these conditions.

Response
The Licensee said that a number of factors outside of its control was preventing it from resuming transmission at the Bow site.
It said it was notified by its telemetry system that the site went offline in July 2019 and attended the site immediately to investigate. It found that the company which had provided the power supply to the site had demolished the building that had supplied the power. This was done “without notice” to Premier Christian Communications. The provider subsequently decided it would not be able to supply Premier Christian Communications with power to the Bow transmission site going forward.
Premier Christian Communications said that its “contractors” did notify Ofcom at the point the problem was first realised. It also said it was exploring various options in order to resolve the situation and was still committed to finding a solution to resume transmission from the site.

Decision
Provision by a licensee of its licensed service on the frequencies assigned to it is the fundamental purpose for which a commercial radio licence is granted. Ofcom has a range of duties in relation to radio broadcasting, including securing a range and diversity of local radio services which are calculated to appeal to a variety of tastes and interests, and the optimal use of the radio spectrum. This is reflected in the licence conditions requiring the provision of the specified licensed service. Where a service is not being provided in accordance with the licence, choice for listeners is likely to be reduced. In the case of a service being off air, the listener is clearly not served at all.
In this case, Premier Christian Communications has failed to provide the licensed service to the whole of the licensed area since July 2019 and was still not broadcasting on 1332 KHz from the Bow transmission site when Ofcom monitored the allocated frequency on 24 September 2019. We did not consider that the third-party notification about the issues affecting the Bow transmission site to which the Licensee refers in its response constituted a notification from the Licensee of its failure to broadcast the service for which it is licensed. There was no reference to the licensed service or the Licensee itself in this notification. It is the sole responsibility of the Licensee itself to notify Ofcom of any failure to provide the service for which it is licensed.
Ofcom’s Decision is therefore that Premier Christian Communications continues to be in breach of Licence Conditions 2(1) and 2(4) in Part 2 of the Schedule.
As Ofcom considers this to be a serious and continuing licence breach, Ofcom is putting the Licensee on notice that this contravention of its licence will be considered for the imposition of a statutory sanction.
Breach of Licence Conditions 2(1) and 2(4) in Part 2 of the Schedule to the commercial radio licence held by Premier Christian Communications (licence number AL000176) Ofcom 16 December 2019 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/12-2019)


15/12-2019

ITALY
Radio Centrale Milano is back on 1530 kHz after having used 1539 kHz for a short while because of minor antenna problems.
Radio Centrale Milano è tornata sulla frequenza di 1530 kHz dopo essere stata brevemente su 1539 kHz per piccoli problemi di antenna. Sempre buona musica.
http://www.centralemilano.com/
Onde Medie Italia via Stig Hartvig Nielsen (14/12-2019)


13/12-2019

ITALY
On 774 kHz now in Milan is on air Radio Zai.net, no more Radio Città del Capo. They both belong to NetLit Media Literacy Group: http://www.netlit.eu/
See: https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/12/mw-new-radio-zainet-774-in-milan-plus.html
Giampiero Bernardini (13/12-2019)

AUSTRALIA
2XL 918kHz Cooma [covering the Snowy Mountains area] scheduled for permanent switch-off in mid January 2020.
Ian via mwmasts groups.io (13/12-2019)


12/12-2019

MALDIVES
From Sarath Weerakoon: Finally, after the long wait, Dhivehi Raajjeyege Adu [Voice of Maldives] 1449 kHz is planning to resume AM broadcasts on 29 Dec. 2019 from its brand new 25 kW Nautel transmitter and the antenna field installed at Thilafushi island , 07 Km from Male, the Maldivian capital city.
RFS enginners from Nautel are currently in Thilafushi working on the final phase of installation, to go on the air to celebrate the 57th anniversary of Dhivehi Raajeyege Adu.
Radio broadcasting in the Maldives began on 29 Dec. 1962 under the name "Male Radio".
The upgrading of broadcasting facilities have been financed under a grant from the Japanese government.
Tony Magon (12/12-2019)

NORWAY
Radio Northern Star from Bergen. Our CE has done a preliminary check to our equipment and so far it seems clear that our new 1611 khz transmitter has been put out of action because of a strong lightning strike this morning. This indicates we will be off the air on that channel for quite some time. Other channels continue as normal. More information as we get it!
Northern Star Media Services FB group (12/12-2019)

U K / NETHERLANDS
Radio Seagull, dutch Progressive Album-oriented Rock station in English language, is now using additional frequency of 1476 kHz AM "between 8 PM and midnight" according to their website radioseagull.com. In the middle part of their page it is written that this certain frequency is dedicated to listeners in "Leicestershire, Great Britain". Next to 1476 AM, their main channel 1602 AM is also mentioned there, of course (while 747 is not written there any longer! No idea if this former frequency is off or still active).
It seems the airtime provided on 1476 AM (19 - 23 UTC) is coming from the Carillon Wellbeing Radio tx. site as the CWR jingle was heard shortly after midnight while Seagull was heard before (own observations) in similar quality with good strength. Definitely worth tuning in if you like great music from the past 5 decades.
Robert (12/12-2019)

ARMENIA
Another programme with target area Middle East is now using the Gavar/Noratus site in Armenia. While Iran International (TV audio) can still be found on 1395 kHz since weeks almost 24/7, the arabic language outlet of Trans World Radio has begun to broadcast via 1350 kHz AM from Armenia just recently. Their religious shows are aired via this new frequency until late at night (at least from 21 - 01 UTC or so) from a directional antenna towards Middle East. An image at the top of their website http://www.arabicprograms.org/main.php is announcing 1350 kHz as new reception possibility. Before, closure of this frequency was at 19:15 UTC with the ending of the Hebrew and English programme.
I am wondering: Does this new offer for people speaking the arabic language has something to do with the switch-off at 1233 kHz Cape Greco site, Cyprus earlier this year???
However, this helps to improve the reception of the arabic TWR outlet in that region.
Robert (12/12-2019)

VANUATU
Thought some might be interested in this, especially the overseas DX guys. A new station coming online 18th Dec.
It's not very often there's a new one, so I think I will have a listen for this one. Below is a snippet from the original article. And below that is the operational times and freqs.
"Vanuatu Broadcasting the Television Corporation (VBTC) will be launching its new shortwave radio service on December 18 with the installation of a new transmitter currently taking place."
This has been confirmed by VBTC’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Francis Herman.

Medium wave 1125khz
Short wave daytime 7260khz
Short wave night 3945khz
And for those close enough
100mhz Vila and Santo
98mhz Tanna and Santo
This info from Nigel ZL1NAY

Tony Magon VK2IC, AUS (12/12-2019)


10/12-2019

FRANCE
It's not clear but it seems, that Europe 1 will leave the 183 kHz LW, on December 31st.
Transmitter will be closed....
Christian Ghibaudo (10/12-2019)


07/12-2019

NORTH MACEDONIA
Makedonsko Radio at Sveti Nikole on 810 kHz is giving a good signal in southeast Sweden today at 1530 UTC.
Bengt Ericson (7/12-2019)


06/12-2019

AUSTRIA
Announcement of a radio transmission capacity in the medium wave range (KOA 1.195 / 19-003)
Communication Authority Austria (KommAustria) KOA 1.195 / 19-003
Announcement of a radio transmission capacity in the medium wave range according to § 13 Abs. 1 Z 3 Privatradiogesetz
In accordance with § 13 (1) (3) in conjunction with § 13 (2) of the Privatradiogesetz (PrR-G), BGBl. I No. 20/2001 as amended by Federal Law Gazette I No. 86/2015, KommAustria issues the following transmission capacity: Bad Ischl-4 1.476 MHz.
For the time being, the use of this frequency at the Bad Ischl location is internationally coordinated for a period of five years (temporary use).
Applications for authorization to host radio broadcasting in the tendered service area or allocation of that transmission capacity to an existing service area shall be marked with the requested transmission capacity and must reach KommAustria no later than 5 February 2020, 1 pm.
The distinguishing features of the radio system and a general leaflet are available for download on the website https://www.rtr.at or will be sent on request.
Vienna, 27th November 2019, Communication Authority Austria, Dr. Katharina Urbanek (Member)
Google translation of https://www.rtr.at/de/m/KOA119519003 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/12-2019)

SWEDEN
Scheduled transmission from Grimeton Radio / SAQ on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.
In the morning of Christmas Eve, December 24, we will try to start the old Alexanderson 200 kW transmitter, from 1924 and send out a Christmas message on VLF 17.2 kHz CW. The transmitter will be tuned up from around 08:30 (07:30 UTC) and a message* will be transmitted at 09:00 (08:00 UTC).
In the morning of Christmas Eve, December 24, we will try to start the old Alexanderson 200 kW transmitter, from 1924 and send out a Christmas message on VLF 17.2 kHz CW. The transmitter will be tuned up from around 08:30 (07:30 UTC) and a message* will be transmitted at 09:00 (08:00 UTC).
Guests are welcome to attend the transmission at the radio station in Grimeton from 08:00 local time. The Alexander association will arrange Coffee and Christmas cookies, free of charge. No entrance fee.
For those of you who can not attend, we will broadcast the event live from Grimeton, Sweden on our YouTube Channel.
NEW!
ONLINE RECEPTION REPORT FORM - PLEASE NO E-MAIL REPORTS!
We are introducing a new online SAQ reception report form to be used by listeners to report reception of any SAQ transmissions. We are kindly asking listeners not to send SAQ reception reports via E-mail.
QSL-reports to SAQ are kindly received via:
- Reception report form at alexander.n.se/receptionreport
- or via: SM bureau
- or direct by postal mail to:
The Alexander Association
Radiostationen Grimeton 72
SE-432 98 GRIMETON, S W E D E N
The SK6SAQ amateur radio station will be QRV on the following frequencies:
– 7.035 kHz CW or
– 14.035 kHz CW or
– 3.755 kHz SSB
Two stations will be on the air most of the time.
WELCOME!
World Heritage Grimeton Radio station and The Alexander Association. For further details, see grimeton.org or alexander.n.se
Mike Terry via WOR groups.io (6/12-2019)


03/12-2019

TURKMENISTAN
One more station apparently off the air today: 279 kHz Turkmenistan. They've always had issues with the quality of the modulation but during the last few days I've noticed they had almost no modulation at all (but good carrier lever at my QTH), so maybe they're working on repairing that transmitter.
Tudor Vedeanu ROM via WRTH fb group (3/12-2019)

CANADA
TTP stations in Montreal have gone dark.
Word out of Montreal is that the two Tietolman, Tetrault and Pancholy Media stations CFQR 600 and CFNV 940 have been off the air for almost a week.
The Radio In Montreal Yahoo Group reports that there has been no official notice from TTP regarding the shutdowns. It is unknown at this point whether the two stations have left the air for good or if technical problems have resulted in this extended period of silence.
Canadian Radio News fb group (3/12-2019)

TAJIKISTAN
Persian IRAN INTERNATIONAL TV audio relay via 1395 kHz Yerevan Gavar site, 24 hrs around the clock, and another mediumwave entry since Tue Nov 26 also put into RMS log file via (probably Ajlun Jordan) on mediumwave 801 kHz at 14-04 UTC. Formerly powerhouse 1000 / 2000 kW units location, but were layed up / mothballed in past years though.
Wolfgang Bueschel, WOR groups.io (2/12-2019)

Isn't there any spare capacity at Orzu/Tajikistan for 801 khz?
Jari Savolainen, WOR groups.io (2/12-2019)

According to USAGM RMS, relay station is OR= Orzu/Tajikistan.
Ivo Ivanov, WOR groups.io (2/12-2019)

NORWAY
NRK Ingoy switched off 153 kHz AM at 2306 UTC on December 1st, 2019.
Mike Terry to WOR groups.io (30/12-2019)

FRANCE
Bretagne 5 is back on 1593 kHz for a couple of days now. Great signal in the evenings and at night.
Regards Michael Foertig (30/12-2019)

UKRAINE
As well as having broadcasting time shared on some Ukrainian Radio domestic frequencies, Radio Krym Realii [Crimea Realities] now has a dedicated mediumwave facility at Chongar in southern Ukraine, radiating round-the-clock on new 648 kHz. Programming is in Ukrainian, Russian and Crimean Tatar and I hear it with fair or good reception via a remote web SDR in central Ukraine. So far I've only observed their dedicated FM frequency 105.9 MHz announced on air. Radio Krym Reallii is a project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and also has a live stream on their website at http://krymr.com
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (30/12-2019)


30/11-2019

NORWAY
NRK's LW transmitter 153 kHz in Ingøy will shut down for good tomorrow Sunday December 1st at 22.59.59 utc after having been on air in 18 years.
NRK is interested in as many reports as possible of this last transmission and therefore they will issue a special "Last Day Transmission" QSL card.
Reception reports can be sent to
NRK Publikumsservice - Phone +47 23 04 70 00 - Email info@nrk.no
NRK Finnmark - Phone +47 78 44 42 00 - Email finnmark@nrk.no
Svenn Martinsen in DX-LISTENERS's CLUB fb group (30/11-2019)


29/11-2019

ALGERIA
Radio Bechar Algeria starts today on 576 MW with 400kw, after 4 to 5 days of testing.
Amine Ferhane, ALG (29/11-2019)


26/11-2019

SWEDEN
The only LPAM station in Sweden "The Asphalt Telegraph" is back on the air.
Now we have a license again, now at Europe's best mediumwave frequency, 1494 kHz, with no stations at all on the air in EU when Radio Moldova is off air between 20.00 UTC- 03.55 UTC when they open again.
Some DX also on 1494 kHz:
Iran, Taybad 10 Kw
China, 14 Relay stations up to 10 Kw
Philippines, Quezon City, 10 Kw
Two 14-day licenses are issued by The Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority and The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) from:
25th of November - 8th of December 2019 and
23rd of December 2019 to 5th of January 2020.
This is the most noise-free frequency in all of Europe, so there is a chance that our 300 watts can reach the state side! We have noted signals from our station on a web-sdr receiver in eastern Iceland: http://r.utvarp.com/ with really good signal strength around 01 UTC so there is a chance to log the Asphalt Telegraph on the state side!!!
Reception reports are welcome at 1494khz@gmail.com
The Asphalt Telegraph broadcasting team (26/11-2019)


23/11-2019

PAKISTAN
Continuing research into the matter, I found this report of December 2014:

"Radio Pakistan Islamabad has formally inaugurated its new 500 kW MW transmitter at 585 kHz on 5-12-2014. I monitored the broadcast for two days i.e 6th and 7th December 2014. The signal was strong in the morning and daytime. But in the evening from 6 pm to 10 pm (Pakistan Standard Time [= UT +5]) it experienced strong interference from co-channel All India Radio Nagpur station which operates on the same frequency.
From 9 pm (Pakistan Standard Time) onwards All India Radio broadcasts Indian classic Music on its national hook-up. Indian classical music is not very pleasant to listen. The strong interference heard at my location makes in difficult to listen the broadcast from Islamabad. Radio Pakistan Islamabad concludes its transmission at 10:15 PM PST, whereas in the past it used to broadcast till 12 pm.
We could hear Radio Pakistan Islamabad clearly when All India Radio Nagpur signed off. Previously Nagpur Station was using a transmitter of 100 kW but it has been up-graded to 300 kW. In the given situation where the co-channel All India Radio Nagpur upgraded the strength of transmitter from 100 to 300 kW, the new transmitter of Islamabad is facing strong interference from Nagpur.
The agencies responsible for frequency allocation should take notice of increase in power of transmitter which results in interference in co-channels. In the given situation the investment in new transmitter is getting wasted.
The programme content of Radio Pakistan Islamabad is not very good at the moment. In the presence of separate News and Current Affairs Channel which is being broadcast on new 100 kW transmitters country-wide, I do not know why they are relaying the same on Radio Pakistan Islamabad from 7 to 9 pm. Just a duplication. They might improve the program content in coming days.
Warm Regards (Aslam Javaid, Lahore Pakistan, Dec 8, WORLD OF RADIO 1751 DXLD)"

Nonetheless, I would like to point out that I questioned that 585 kHz really was the station to blame, when people complained about of bad coverage.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (23/11-2019)


21/11-2019

PAKISTAN
The PBC v Akashvani 585 kHz debate.
I have been assessing the factors raised by the esteemed Dr Hansjörg Biener.
The Nagpur signal would best radiate at 333 degrees to reach Islamabad. The Kamptee Road mast is omnidirectional at 300kW. Most of Pakistan is to the South West of the capital.
My conclusion is that with the two stations being 1546KM apart, the 500kW station at Lawrencepur would push further into North West India than Akashvani could push towards Islamabad.
On the other hand at night listeners towards Lahore would suffer from Nagpur being at 180 degrees from where they would be pointing their radios.
Only PBC engineers will know the exact audibility measurements. I doubt if Lawrencepur positioned so far outside Islamabad is intending to serve Khyber Pakhtunkhwa rather than Islamabad / Rawalpindi. Sorry that I have used so much speculation. I am not an engineer so my knowledge on likely propagation is only guesswork.
Perhaps there will follow further discussion? I wonder what Jose Jacob could add? He will probably know the staff at Kamptee Road??
Dan Goldfarb (21/11-2019)

ARMENIA / IRAN
Iran International TV [based in United Kingdom] has started shortwave relays, presumably via Armenia and Uzbekistan.
Tentative schedule as follows:
0400-1200 11590kHz
1200-0400 6210kHz
1500-0300 1395kHz
Mauno Ritola in WRTH fb group (20/11-2019)


19/11-2019

PAKISTAN
I wonder why the transmission on [Radio Pakistan] 585 kHz was singled out for criticism.
As far as I can remember the frequency was equipped with a new 500 kW-transmitter in 2014. So it would be wrong to speak of an equipment aged 40 to 60 years. If indeed 585 kHz is the frequency in question, one would rather point out that 585 kHz is also used by All India Radio Nagpur. By law of nature both stations will suffer mutual interference. This problem could only be solved by a internationally mediated frequency change or at least by powering down the transmitter strength of both stations.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (19/11-2019)

PAKISTAN
Unavailability of clear transmission of Radio Pakistan's medium wave station at 585 KHz [Islamabad] in different parts of the country.
https://dailytimes.com.pk/502741/senate-body-shows-displeasure-over-unclear-radio-transmission/
dailytimes.com.pk (19/11-2019)


18/11-2019

U K
We're counting down the hours until the next Radio Caroline NorthLIVE broadcast from our legendary radio-ship Ross Revenge, this weekend 23rd - 24th November - Live from the River Blackwater.
Our crack team of Caroline presenters are heading out to the ship this Friday, firing up the studios and getting ready to bring you all the best tracks from the 60s - early 90s, from 10.30 am on Saturday. What a great soundtrack to your weekend! Your broadcast team this month are Johnny Lewis, Dave Foster, Nick Jackson, Peter Philips, Rob Ashard, Ray Clark and Steve Anthony.
Classic Rock Tours are sponsoring this month's broadcast, and you can win cash to spend in our web shop, thanks to our competition sponsor Dave Cragie from Southwold, Suffolk.
We're LIVE from Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater, Essex from 10.30 am on Saturday 23rd November. Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM in the North and North-West courtesy of our friends at Manx Radio, around the world online here, on various apps and radio players, and on your smart speakers – "Hey Alexa, play Radio Caroline!"
We would love to hear from you – send your emails direct to the Ross studios at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk during the broadcast."
https://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/ via Mike Terry in WOR groups.io (18/11-2019)


17/11-2019

IRELAND
RTÉ is going to spend €250,000 per year transmitting its Radio One station to the Irish diaspora in Britain – while closing down all its digital stations.
The station is shutting down RTÉ Gold, RTE Junior, RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Pulse and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, but would not specify how much this will save.
However, it has confirmed that it is going to continue its Longwave radio service [252 kHz] to the Irish diaspora in Britain up to 2022.
https://www.businesspost.ie/news/rte-continue-spending-e250k-year-longwave-radio-service-axed-457245
Mike Terry via WOR groups.io (17/11-2019)


16/11-2019

CYPRUS
Radio masts to be removed from Cavo Greco - Cape Greco site.
By Staff Reporter November 12, 2019
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/12/radio-masts-to-be-removed-from-cavo-greco/
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/11-2019)


14/11-2019

CANADA
CJCD [1240 kHz], Yellowknife's first commercial radio station, turns 40.
https://cabinradio.ca/25685/news/yellowknife/cjcd-yellowknifes-first-commercial-radio-station-turns-40 /?fbclid=IwAR2aqVTVaJR0NeRFq_eX2caQB-GerxgIKsMXBkpHi95K7lSOd6Ii5h-2BQI
Canadian Radio News fb group (14/11-2019)

U S A
KDMT 1690 Denver,
KFXN 1380
/WSDZ 1260 Saint Louis,
WHKZ 1440
Youngstown, OH and
KTEK 1110
Houston be switching from Salem Media programming to Relevant Radio Catholic programming at 23:59:59 local time tonight.
Paul Walker, WY, Nov 13, nrc-am gg via DXLD/WOR groups.io (14/11-2019)


13/11-2019

ARGENTINA
The excellent Facebook page Argentina AM y FM has just reported that Radio Provincial de Rio Colorado has moved from 1580kHz to 880kHz. This station in common with many others runs 1kW daytime and 0.25kW nighttime.
The station has no callsign so it does not appear in my spreadsheet.
For your information - with strange variation in the images - the 60M monopole can be found at 40° 34' 33"S, 67° 45' 23"W. Google Earth does have the mast showing, Google Maps does not etc.
Dan Goldfarb via mwmasts groups.io (13/11-2019)


12/11-2019

IRELAND
RTÉ 252 kHz LW has been off air today for essential maintenance.
Herman Content, BEL (12/11-2019)
The station was on air again when I listened at 1630 utc. /ed


11/11-2019

LITHUANIA
Rimantas Pleikys answered a question about broadcasting:
"Here is our schedule until December 31:
1386 kHz:br/> UTC:
0330-0400 NHK World Japan, Russian
0400-0500 Radio Poland, Belarusian
1400-1430 Radio Poland, Russian
1630-1700 Radio Poland, Polish
1730-1800 NHK World Japan, Russian
1800-2100 Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Russian
(Dmitry Elagin, Saratov, Russia / "deneb-radio-dx")
RUS-DX #1054 via Anatoly Klepov (11/11-2019)


05/11-2019

FRANCE
Bretagne 5 on 1593 kHz is down now since at least Friday or so.
I checked out their webpage - no info.
May be they are just down for maintenance like several times in the past.
Greetings from Ireland! Michael Foertig (5/11-2019)

FRANCE
Radio Brittany has been of air on 1593 KHZ for over a week now as at 05 November 2019.
I wonder if anyone could throw any light on this matter.
Best 73, Dave Angell (5/11-2019)

U K
AM news items excerpted from the Ofcom radio broadcast update october 2019:
"Analogue commercial radio [...]
Licence renewals granted in this period
A five-year renewal has been granted to the following:
Area (station) Current licensee
[...]
Greater London (Gold) [1548 kHz] Global Radio Limited
[...]
Swindon and West Wiltshire (Smooth Radio) [936 ,1161 kHz] Global Radio (AM) Limited)
[...]
Analogue community radio [...]
A five-year extension has been granted to the following:
Service name - Licensee - Location - New expiry date[...]
Flame [1521 kHz] Wirral Christian Media Limited Wirral 18/12/2024".
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-october-2019 5 November 2019
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/11-2019)


04/11-2019

DENMARK
Due to antenna maintenance work on DR Kalundborg 243 kHz there will be no noon transmissions (1045-1115 UTC) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Ydun Ritz (4/11-2019)

GERMANY / FRANCE
183 kHz Europe 1, Felsberg is back on air again this morning.
Ydun Ritz (4/11-2019)


03/11-2019

GERMANY / FRANCE
Europe 1 [183 kHz]: I received a mail from Bernard Poirette (anchor man of the weekend) about the LW. He told me that some works on the antennas and it was an opportunity to know if there are still listeners on the LW.
Contact is anne.fauconnier@europe1.fr
He also told me that Europe 1 183 kHz, will be back on the air tomorrow (Monday).
Christian Ghibaudo (3/11-2019)


02/11-2019

ICELAND
For its longwave transmissions on 189 kHz RÚV uses Western Europe's tallest radio mast, the Hellissandur longwave radio transmitter.
Whilst Europe 1 is off air on 183 kHz there may be an opportunity of better reception of this adjacent channel.
Mike Terry via WOR Groups.io (2/11-2019)


01/11-2019

GERMANY / FRANCE
Here's Europe 1 answer about 183 khz! [in a google translation/ed]
"Dear Sir
Thank you very much for your message. We are currently testing our longwave transmitter. We are delighted that you like our Europe 1 program. You can listen to us other ways: in FM via europe1.fr and our mobile app.
Thank you for your switches to FM. Yes it may take some time.
We count on your loyalty!
Best regards Anne Fauconnier"
Gaétan Teyssonneau, F (1/11-2019)

GERMANY / FRANCE 
Europe 1 on LW 183 Khz, off the air at 08:00 UTC.
No reason given.
D. Gillet (1/11-2019)


30/10-2019

CANADA
(CRTC) Extension granted to CKSP 600 Vancouver.
Sher-E-Punjab Radio has until November 28, 2020 to launch the new 50,000 watts (days) / 20,000 watts (nights) South Asian station CKSP 600 in Vancouver. Unforeseen delays at the transmitter site is cited as the reason for this second extension.
Canadian Radio News fb group (30/10-2019)

NORWAY
The last on air remaining LW station in Norway Ingøy 153 kHz will be silent for good as of December 1st, 2019.
Still time enough for a reception report to info@nrk.no - Informasjonskonsulent Marianne Edvardsen, NRK Publikumsservice, phone 23 04 70 00.
In Finland Ingøy is severly disturbed by Romania on same frequency.
Kari Kallio, Lahti Finland (30/10-2019)


28/10-2019

PHILIPPINES
PCOO to start upgrade of 14 state-owned radio stations.
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) will soon begin the rehabilitation of at least 14 state-run radio stations nationwide, following China’s recent donation of over PHP130 million worth of radio broadcast equipment to the Philippines.
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said 10 AM (amplitude modulation) and four FM (frequency modulation) stations operated by government-owned Radyo Pilipinas (RP) will undergo facility upgrade.
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1084342?fbclid=IwAR2lJ4sLONii7xwLKZsnvOzWQZOgt12aEUAECNpEUeQajwImk0JA6qj7YN8
David Ricquish in WRTH fb group (28/10-2019)

CYPRUS
I have it on good authority that not only has USAGM shut down their Cape Greco operation, Radio France International will shut down theirs as well at year's end.
A sad end to medium wave transmission from what may be the most desirable medium wave transmitter site for both skywave and groundwave propagation ever developed. And of course BBC shut down the Zyggi medium wave a couple of years ago, but they are still operating the two Ladies Mile facilities.
Cape Greco is actually a national park, so it's likely that it may soon be accessible to the public as a park, with the possible exception of the lighthouse area at the southerly tip. The site has allegedly had some kind of navigation marker since Roman times.
Ben Dawson (28/10-2019)
See also FRANCE / CYPRUS item 25/09-2019. Ydun Ritz


25/10-2019

ISLE OF MAN
Funding problems of Manx Radio finally resolved.
Tynwald backs £95k Manx Radio funding increase (18 October 2019)
Funding for the island's national public service broadcaster will be reviewed after three years.
Manx Radio's government funding is to increase to almost £1m in 2020 after Tynwald approved a £95,000 increase. [...]
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-50088281 with links to the history
Shake-up of Isle of Man public service media rejected by Tynwald (17 January 2019)
Isle of Man's future of public service media report splits Tynwald (12 December 2018)
BBC and UK taxpayers should fund Manx Radio, Tynwald report recommends (8 November 2018)
Manx Radio posts loss of £37,975 despite cutting costs by 5% (5 October 2018)
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (25/10-2019)

ISLE OF MAN
On 14 October 2019, Manx Radio (1368 kHz, FM, online) introduced a new schedule.
General information
https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/new-manx-radio-schedule-explained/
https://www.manxradio.com/on-air/manx-features-pages/october-2019/
Day to day schedule for 1368 kHz https://www.manxradio.com/on-air/schedule/am/
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (25/10-2019)


23/10-2019

U K
RADIO CAROLINE - OCTOBER 2019 AM MAINTENANCE REPORT.
On Friday 11 October our engineers made a long planned visit to our 648 transmitter site to give the equipment a general tuneup and service.
It was two years ago when we installed the equipment at Orford Ness in October 2017 and we knew that future access for maintenance visits would need careful planning and arrangement. Not just because it is located on a remote site only accessible by boat, but also our engineers all live 100-200 miles away and have their own busy work schedules. It is testament to the quality of the 25 year old Nautel transmitter and the other equipment which was expertly installed by our engineers that it has run for 2 years without requiring a single maintenance visit - something that was unimaginable when we were out at sea and equipment needed almost constant attention. However, our on site telemetry system reported minor problems following late summer thunderstorms, and over the past month or two our own observations plus comments from listeners were that our signal was not as good as it used to be.
The Nautel Transmitter
On site we found that two of the six power amplifier modules within the transmitter had shutdown (presumably as a result of lightning strikes) and would not respond to a remote reset command. These were manually reset and a general overhaul of the equipment was undertaken. The air filters for the cooling fans were found to be caked in dust and dirt and with these cleaned the airflow is now much better and the amplifier temperature much lower. All electrical connections were inspected for tightness and voltage and meter readings noted to make sure everything was within spec. We also took the opportunity to finely adjust our audio processing since this is much easier to do precisely when you have test equipment such as an oscilloscope and modulation monitor connected to the transmitter rather than adjusting remotely and relying on your ears!
Overall we were impressed as to how clean and the stable the installation was, considering it is so close to a saltwater environment. Various comments received from listeners during Friday all reported improved reception so it was definitely a worthwhile visit and gets our signal ready for those dark winter days when interference levels on the AM band generally increase.
Alan Beech – Transmitter engineer, Radio Caroline website
Mike Terry via WOR Groups.io (23/10-2019)

U K
talkSPORT wants to start turning off AM transmitters.
talkSPORT has asked Ofcom to reduce the transmission coverage of its AM national commercial radio licence by 2.4%.
The regulator has provisionally agreed the changes but will carefully consider any comments from stakeholders before making a final decision because it will mean some listeners will lose their ability to receive talkSPORT on the AM band.
talkSPORT says that there has been a decline in analogue listening at a rate faster than it had predicted and the listening at the sites it wants to close, based on RAJAR data, is no longer at appreciable levels due to the evolution of audience behaviour.
The following seven transmitters are at risk of closure:
Rosemarkie (Inverness);
Redruth (Cornwall);
Redmoss (Aberdeen);
Londonderry;
Occombe (Devon);
Plummers Barracks (Plymouth);
Pearce’s Hill (Devon)
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2019/10/talksport-wants-to-start-turning-off-am-transmitters/?fbclid=IwAR1RDwARRgofZiU7slKJ- kWi_MBNQ2Edzg9vqY_QfLYzq3uGkQfNe6qCCyI
Svenn Martinsen
in DX-Listeners'Club (23/10-2019)


22/10-2019

COOK ISLANDS
Radio Cook Islands reactivated on MW 630.
My ham contact over there tells me it is a 1 kW Nortel txer using a version of a Marconi T type antenna end fed strung between two 25 metre tubular guyed masts. He doubts whether it will be running at full power, though.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/401526/cook-islands-reactivates-am-transmitter?fbclid=IwAR195U6f SykHVE4GP0UEsu3P2H6gxsZ_zCnW3NfxwybdnvY6ATIvc0LnDEA
Chris Rogers, Melbourne, Australia, Oct 22, DXLD via WOR Groups.io (22/10-2019)

SWEDEN
SAQ, the world heritage radio station, is to transmit on UN-Day, the 24th of October. The transmission will be on 17.2kHz CW. The startup of the transmitter will be around 1630UTC and the transmission of the message will be at 1700UTC. No QSL cards will be send out for this transmission and no List of Reports will be constructed, but they do accept shorter Listeners Reports by email to info@alexander.n.se.
Mike Terry via WOR groups.io (20/10-2019)


21/10-2019

CANADA
(CRTC) Huge reduction in power proposed for DFBC 930 in Saint John.
Maritime Broadcasting System has applied to remove 3 of the 4 existing towers for CFBC 930 in Saint John, New Brunswick due to old age and equipment failures. The high costs involved to replace the towers is uneconomical. Day power for the new single tower operation will be reduced from 50,000 to 2,000 watts. Night power will be reduced from 50,000 to 150 watts.
Canadian Radio News fb group (21/10-2019)


19/10-2019

COOK ISLANDS
Radio Cook Islands have reactivated an AM630 kHz service from an old standby transmitter with a mast of 25 metres located at Black Rock on the Island of Rarotonga, on the 18th of October.
The mast and the main transmitter at Matavera were decommissioned on the 5th of August and replaced with a FM service on 101 MHz.
An email received from the station manager Jeane Matenga said the old AM standby transmitter was reactivated at the government`s request due to the poor replacement FM coverage.
Best regards, Chris Rogers, Australia, Oct 19, DXLD via WOR Groups.io (19/10-2019)


18/10-2019

CANADA
Transmitter relocation and extension approved for CIRF 1350 in Brampton.
Radio Humsafar received approval today to move the transmitter site for the "yet to be launched" CIRF 1350 in Brampton, Ontario. Similar applications have been rejected three times in the past due to issues of improperly serving the station's city of licence and possible interference to nearby existing stations. The CRTC now seems satisfied with this latest proposal.
Radio Humsafar was also granted a one year extension to get the station on the air by October 21, 2020.
CRTC DECISION: https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-351.htm
Canadian Radio News fb group (18/10-2019)


17/10-2019

IRELAND
RTE Radio 1 is back on air 252 KHz, LW, reception is much the same as it was before work began, maybe a slight less power than it was, tbh they should of shifted it to 261 Khz while they were doing the maintenance, to avoid the co channel interference from Algeria which i can hear clearly now in the background.
Adam Birchenall via Medium Wave Circle fb group (17/10-2019)

GERMANY
The low power medium wave transmitter of "Ortssender Wertingen" (801 kHz) will have its next transmissions on these days:
27 October 2019, 1200-1700 h LT, on the occasion of the "Wertinger Herbstmarkt"
15 November 2019, 1700-2300 h LT, "Wertinger Nacht"
8 December 2019, 1400-1800 h LT, "Wertinger Schlossweihnacht", and
15 December 2019, 1400-1800 h LT, "Wertinger Schlossweihnacht"
Wertingen is a city in Bavaria (South East Germany): https://www.wertingen.de/tourismus-kultur/wo-liegt-wertingen.html.
https://www.radiomuseum-wertingen.de/aktuell-1.html 11 October 2019 via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
(17/10-2019)


16/10-2019

U K
I noticed that the Radio Caroline signal on 648 am had become much louder on the afternoon of Friday 11 October, and it is now a very strong signal here in the evenings. I am located in Leicestershire, around 180 kilometres from the signal source that comes from Alford Ness on the East coast of England.
It should be audible again on the continent, despite the Slovenian station being on the same channel.
Dave Angell (15/10-2019)


14/10-2019

TURKEY
I was in Istanbul again last week. This time I was able to confirm TRT as still active on 630 and 1062 mediumwave.
In both cases I only heard them relaying TRT1. According to WRTH 2019 they both relay TRT's Arabic service at times. I checked at times when one or both are listed as being in Arabic, but on all occasions they were still relaying TRT1 (with a digital-type delay of a second or two when compared to TRT1 on FM in Istanbul).
Given the current Turkish military intervention in northern Syria, one might think that TRT would want to be heard there in Arabic. I seem to recall from a few years ago that at least one of those frequencies was indeed carrying TRT Arabic, and was being jammed.
As already noted by Bernd Trutenau, 1062 also seems to have give up relaying TRT Kurdish. I heard it relaying TRT1 in the early morning (when it used to relay TRT Kurdish from 0300).
From Syria, 783 was well heard in Istanbul after dark.
Chris Greenway via WOR groups.io (14/10-2019)


13/10-2019

SWEDEN
SAQ, Grimeton to transmit on UN-Day October 24th, 2019 via the old long wave transmitter on 17.2 kHz.
https://alexander.n.se/?lang=en
Mike Terry via WOR group.io (13/10-2019)


12/10-2019

CANADA
CKDR in Hudson has flipped to FM.
Acadia Broadcasting has flipped CKDR-3 from 1450 AM to 97.5 FM. CKDR-3 simulcasts CKDR 92.7 Dryden with some regional programming originating from CKDR-2 97.1 in Sioux Lookout.
https://www.ckdr.net/…/am-1450-in-hudson-is-gone-97-5-fm-o…/
(thanks to Andy Reid for the tip)
Canadian Radio News fb group (12/10-2019)


10/10-2019

Solving the Medium-Wave Problem
Use a few minutes to read this interesting article from Radio World written by Ruxandra Obreja, chairman of Digital Radio Mondiale
Solving the Medium-Wave Problem - Is it still worth maintaining AM?
https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/solving-the-medium-wave-problem
Ydun Ritz (10/10-2019)


07/10-2019

ARMENIA
These days, Public Radio Armenia (www.armradio.am) is broadcasting its foreign service in minority languages on medium wave.
At 1395 kHz, I heard programs in Turkish and Azerbaijan language, frequently mentioning the webspace "armradio.am" which is the national operator's site, in the late afternoon hours.
Broadcasting time is before 1630 UTC and this ends around 1745 UTC. In between the international news bulletins, the typical interval signal which is known from short-wave is aired several tims, giving a nice ID. I expect this new output from the Noratus site can be regarded as a replacement service for the late short-wave.
Really happy to hear them on medium wave.
Robert D, Germany (7/10-2019)

CANADA
The 30 watt weather radio station on AM 1260 in Ucluelet BC has been closed. The calls were CBPU.
Andy Reid (6/10-2019)


02/10-2019

U K
„Radio broadcast update September 2019 01 October 2019
[...]
Coverage improvement and extension requests
During 2018, Ofcom invited community radio stations to submit requests for coverage improvements and extensions if they wished. During the last month the services listed below have had their requests provisionally agreed, subject to the new technical arrangements going through our usual formal clearance process (this includes Ofcom liaising with a number of outside agencies before changes can be implemented). We have considered the following requests to constitute coverage improvements.
Coverage improvements agreed:
Service name Location
Akash Radio Leeds (on AM) [1323 kHz, HjB]
[...]“

No further details provided.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update -september-2019 1 October 2019
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2/10-2019)


27/09-2019

TAIWAN
RFA 1557 kHz Kouhu.
Radio Free Asia is audible every evening with a good signal behind both Smooth R. txs. on 1557 kHz while 1098 kHz is off for a month now.
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/about/frequencies.html
"In addition, if you use AM, 1098 kHz to listen to our program, from September 1st, Beijing time, the channel will be temporarily transferred to 1557 kHz due to maintenance needs."
News / current programming in Mandarin language.
Clear double language ID on top of each hour.
Broadcasting time 19 - 22 UTC.
Robert (27/9-2019)


25/09-2019

FRANCE / CYPRUS
Threat of closure of the transmitter of Cyprus 1233 kHz, for MC Doualiya. Since July, Radio Sawa stop braodcasting from Cape Greco, so the French Government is alone (with TWR) to finance the operation of the transmitting center. The bill is too high for French Government, so the closure is considered.
The trade union CFDT, within France Media World (MCD's parent company) is appealing to prevent this, we must know that currently, there are still many listeners of MCD, using this MW especially in Egypt , Syria
... Maybe more info by the end of the year.
Actually MCD is also broadcast on DAB+ from Monaco.
Christian Ghibaudo (25/9-2019)

VANUATU
Radio Vanuatu: New shortwave and mediumwave service through infrastructure upgrade
https://swling.com/blog/2019/09/radio-vanuatu-new-shortwave-and-mediumwave-service-through-infrastructure-upgrade/
Richard Langley, WOR groups io (25/9-2019)


24/09-2019

ICELAND
Autumn equinox bandscan 2019
Today's weather was variable, going through sunny, cloudy, foggy and rainy. I went outside at 2240Z with the Panny tranny.
The LW band had no particular surprises to bring forth save an apparent or actual lack of Norwegians and Irishmen. They may have been there but weak or inaudible. [IRL 252 down for maintenance for 5 weeks. /Ed]
The MW band was rich in Iberians and channels with multiple stations. Absolute Radio's relay transmission on 1197 kHz was barely audible while 1242 kHz had an occasional good signal coming in. Same with Smooth Radio where 1161 and 1170 kHz were quite weak but 1152 kHz would swing up to living-room strength at times. The BBC4 relays on 720 and 1449 kHz were also on the weak side when I tuned through. The big transmitters in UK came in well. As usual, I am tempted to say.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson
(24/9-2019)


22/09-2019

ITALY
Regional Radio is operating from Umbria (Otricoli, Terni) on two frequencies in medium waves: 1485 kHz and 1584 kHz.
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/09/regional-radio-1485-1584-am-in-italy.html

Here a google translation of the web page:
1485 kHz
This is a difficult frequency, especially due to the presence of several Spanish broadcasters that are heard in Central Italy in the evening and beyond. Here Regional Radio comes out with 200 watts and a very short antenna. The "safe" coverage is rather limited: 10-15 km.
1584 kHz
Here the Regional Radio technical staff is working to fine-tune the antenna, a 34-meter folded. The goal is to calibrate it to bring the lobe as low as possible. By October it should be all right and Regional Radio will be on air at full power, with 2.5 kw.
As Naldino Forti, patron of the broadcaster whom we thank for the "communicative availability", explains, Regional Radio does not care to arrive who knows where, but wants to serve well and reliably at 100% a radius of at least 40 km. This is because it is a local commercial broadcaster.
As for transmission times, Regional Radio is on air in medium waves from 6 to 24, while on the web it is active 24 hours.
Giampiero Bernardini in PlayDX (21/9-2019)

CANADA
(CRTC) Extension granted for the "YET TO GO ON THE AIR" CHAH 580 in Edmonton.
1811258 Alberta Limited has until January 21, 2021 to act on the earlier transmitter relocation approval and to get this new 10,000 watt South Asian station CHAH 580 in Edmonton on the air. The applicant stated that there have been unforeseen delays with equipment installation. This will be the second extension granted for this facility.
Canadian Radio News fb group (18/9-2019)


18/09-2019

1350 KHZ
For a long time I am observing the channel 1350 MW.
As of 1930 there is a prg from TWR from Armenia in Hebrew and Persian, I think. After 1930 sometimes Egypt comes through on the channel in parallel to 819.
I am looking for R. la Verdad from the Philippines, as yet with no success.
Do you know if there is an active webstream from this station? I was searching, however I didn’t find anything on the web.
Another question is, that on this channel I heard two other stns. One was last year arround 0030 UTC in Urdu or Hindi, playing subcontinental mx. I also observed an islamic prayer during the prg, so I don’t think it could have been an Indian outlet.
Another station is playing electronic music, what back in the days was called techno. There is a certain flavor of African drums to it and a DJ giving announcements between the tracks. However, the signal is so weak that I couldn’t recognise the language.
Maybe you or some of the dx-friends have a clue?
Thank you so much in advance for your help.
73 Zeljko Crncic (17/9-2019)

Radio La Verdad https://www.radyolaverdad.com/. Scroll down the page and find the'play'-botton to the left.
Ydun Ritz (18/9-2019)


17/09-2019

U S A / HUNGARY
Re. the entry September 12th:
It is a correct article. I would like to note that the relaunch would take place on the internet and the Hungarian part would operate as an internet-only station. At least the press speculating about this for a time. I assume that the central editorial staff would edit those broadcast in the headquarters of RFERL in Prague, Czech Republic where the internet streaming takes place too.
Tibor Gaal Budapest, Hungary via WOR group io (17(9-2019)

NORWAY
NRK closing down its last LW transmitter - 153 khz - before the end of October 2019.
The only remaining MW station in Longyearbyen Svalbard 1485 kHz - will be upgraded from 1 to 3 kW.
http://www.radionytt.no/r19165.php
Svein Olav Pedersen, NOR (17/9-2019)

SLOVENIA
558 Muravidéki Magyar Rádió/Radio Slovenija 1, Murska Sobota / Nemcavci:
Tower is 63m high, transmitter power is 12kW. The entire mast is a radiator with a capacitor cap and the ropes are capacitive extensions. (Investigated directly at the transmitter site by Martin Bobek, CZE).
Karel Honzik (17/9-2019)


12/09-2019

U S A (/HUNGARY?)
Radio Free Europe gears for relaunch in Hungary.
https://bbj.hu/politics/radio-free-europe-gears-for-relaunch-in-hungary_170911?fbclid=IwAR3WQ_ hN8cZ5UxQFws0NkWC-_Uz6wGoyMZ0N2YEi3aksHTmSYafgftHahlM
Matt Francis via WOR list (12/9-2019)

IRELAND
Campaigner Enda O’Kane, who used to work for RTÉ and its transmission network pointed out that RTÉ 252 LW is unlistenable in the south and south-east of England because of interference from Radio Algeria beside it on the dial.
“Just a tiny bit further down the LW dial is a frequency that is unused and would bring a much clearer, interference-free signal of RTÉ radio to London and beyond."
See this update on maintenance work: http://www.theirishworld.com/reprieve-for-rte-longwave/
Mike Terry via Groups.Io (12/9-2019)


10/09-2019

UNID
Unidentified loop signal on 927 kHz (light music from music box) was broadcasting the whole night from Sep 9 to 10, audible in Switzerland. Does anyone know the station? SINPO 13322.
The station is presumably in Eastern Europe as it started to faint at around 03.00 UTC (05:00 CET) prior to sunrise in Switzerland.
One more thing, my receiver was a barefoot Sony ICF-RN931.
Philippe Aeby (10/9-2019)

NETHERLANDS
Radio Seagull 1602 kHz
For two hours of the very best New Country, join Stevie Gordon for Seagull Country every wednesday afternoon 15:00 to 17:00 and every thursday morning 03:00 to 05:00. All times CET.
Radio Seagull Live fb group (10/9-2019)

CZECH REPUBLIC
Radio Dechovka on 792 is running with a third of power only now after a lightning hit.
Simon-Peter Liehr (9/9-2019)


05/09-2019

IRELAND
Longwave radio service RTÉ 252kHz will be out for a month as works get underway to preserve it for another two years.
https://www.thejournal.ie/longwave-radio-works-underway-4796327-Sep2019/?fbclid=IwAR1SMkkwFAo4IeP-GxF4bdjr-dn5wOJQa-9R3uQ3_Be96cQBtLTKIiGSvN8
Steve Whitt via Medium Wave Circle fb group (5/9-2019)


04/09-2019

BULGARIA
http://www.predavatel.com provides a lot of information on the current situation of Bulgarian radio stations as well as many historical data. Google translate does not always give an adequate translation into German, but it seems that not all medium wave stations are covered (for example Petrich 747 kHz).
These links are recommended for some information on medium wave stations.
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/1/sofia
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/2/blagoevgrad
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/3/plovdiv
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/4/stara-zagora
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/6/kavarna - including information on a Megawatt project never finished, see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaliakra_transmitter
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/7/silistra
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (4/9-2019)

NETHERLANDS
The Dutch telecom agency has today opened the possibility to submit applications for low power licences (up to 100 watts) for ten additional mediumwave frequencies. These are frequencies for which the Netherlands does not have rights.
This means that they can only be used on a ‘non-interference’ basis.
The ten new frequencies are: 801 kHz, 819 kHz, 846 kHz, 900 kHz, 918 kHz, 1098 kHz, 1134 kHz, 1179 kHz, 1287 kHz and 1467 kHz.
These ten frequencies add to the thirteen frequencies that are already available for low power broadcasting: 675 kHz, 747 kHz, 828 kHz, 891 kHz, 1008 kHz, 1035 kHz, 1224 kHz, 1251 kHz, 1332 kHz, 1395 kHz, 1485 kHz, 1584 kHz and 1602 kHz.
Marcel Rommerts (4/9-2019)

NETHERLANDS
Dutch Agentschap Telekom announced 10 new frequencies available for LPAM stations.
Applications for a license have started for:
801
819
846
900
918
1098
1134
1179
1287
1467
Max van Arnhem, The Netherlands (4/9-2019)


03/09-2019

TAIWAN
RTI, Kouhu 1557 kHz started today at 1900.
Is this a special transmission or a schedule change?
Mauno Ritola
, WRTH fb group (3/9-2019)

ROMANIA
The Board of the Romanian Radio Society- RRS rejected the proposal of closing down any shortwave or mediumwave broadcasts as well as to disrupt in any way the programming of radio production, instructed the Management Council and the President-General Manager to reduce costs in other areas and the President-General Manager to take all the required measures in order to ensure funding for the society. Cristian Mocanu via bclnews yg (2/9-2019)


02/09-2019

CANADA
A number of sources are reporting the following Format Changes:
540 CBEF Windsor, ON was French news, now news/talk
860 CJBC Toronto, ON was French news/talk, now news/talk
690 CBKF Saskatoon, SK was French variety, now variety
1040 CJMS St.-Constant, QC was French country, now country
1650 CJRS Montreal, QC was French religion, now religious teaching
Anyone know what this means? The obvious answer would be that all five stations are now airing English language programming as well as French, but I find that highly doubtful, especially for the CBC-owned three above.
Jon in Canadian Radio News fb group (1/9-2019)


01/09-2019

CHINA
"Radio the Greater Bay starts broadcasting
China Plus Published: 2019-09-01 09:13:18
The first national radio service for the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao greater bay area started broadcasting Sunday morning.
- A launch ceremony for Radio the Greater Bay Area is held in Beijing on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Radio the Greater Bay, under the China Media Group, broadcast 21 hours a day at FM 101.2MegaHertZ and AM 1215Kilohertz. Its programs will focus on finance, technology and innovation, as well as information on entrepreneurship and employment. The broadcast is in the Cantonese, Hakka and Chaoshan dialects which are used by the people in the area.
- Radio the Greater Bay Area starts broadcasting on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Shen Haixiong, president of China Media Group, says the new radio service will help to deepen the cooperation between the Chinese mainland with Hong Kong and Macao.
The station's new media platforms were also launched on Sunday.
The bay area consists of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, as well as nine cities in Guangdong Province.
Chinese authorities in February unveiled the outline development plan for the Bay Area, aiming to develop the region into "a role model of high-quality development."
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20190901/341122.html"
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/9-2019)

Also this on MW Circle list 20:00utc: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/01/c_138355132.htm
Mauno Ritola (1/9-2019)

CHINA
New radio channel: CMG - Radio the Greater Bay
China‘s first national-level radio channel covering the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area started to broadcast from 7:00 am Sunday.
The “CMG Radio the Greater Bay” broadcasts at FM 101.2 and MW 1215, will broadcast 21 hours a day mainly in Cantonese and also include programs in the dialects of Hakka, Chaozhou, and Shantou, said its operator China Media Group in a press release, adding that it will also have accounts on social media platforms.
http://dxingworld.com/radio-news/new-radio-channel-cmg-radio-the-greater-bay/?fbclid=IwAR0f8H9d_ WtAL07lAdWReRtztPCXfmAJ2BMfsCn8Hze4L5_kafiP8WuLFB4
Mosrur Zunaid via WRTH fb group (1/9-2019)


30/08-2019

INDIA
Please look out for All India Radio Super Power Transmitter at Chinsurah on 1134 KHz tonight around 1800-2230 UTC (11.30 pm to 4.00 am IST ) for test transmissions (Timings subject to change due to test).
Today's tests are with about 1000 kW.
Reports may be sent to chinsurah@prasarbharati.gov.in
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, Hyderabad India via WOR io group (30/8-2019)


29/08-2019

IRELAND
RTÉ LW 252 kHz will be off air 10/09/19 to 17/10/19.
RTÉNL Technical Information Service Notification:
2rn - Summerhill, Co. Meath
Due to extensive engineering work on the transmission mast infrastructure at our station at Summerhill, Co. Meath, the RTÉ Radio 1 LW service will be off air from 09:00 on 10/09/19 to 17:00 17/10/19.
2rn apologise for any inconvenience caused by this necessary infrastructural work.
https://www.rte.ie/aertel/desktopxhtml/169-13.html
Mike Terry via WOR io group 29/8-2019)

FRANCE / MONACO
From Roumoules RMC on 216 kHz 0456-2308 (local time).
Power: 900 kW day time and 600 kW night time.
Reports are welcomed by M. Pascal Penella, Chef de Centre - Émetteur de Roumoules:
mcradio@wanadoo.fr
Christian Ghibaudo (29/8-2019)

INDIA
All India Radio Power Transmitter Chinsurah.
The tests on 1134 kHz were conducted early morning today [August 28th?] at 1230 am to 0230 am IST (1900 to 2100 UTC).
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, Hyderabad, India via WOR yg (29/8-2019)


28/08-2019

INDIA
Please look out for All India Radio Super Power Transmitter at Chinsurah on 1134 KHz tonight after 1800 UTC onwards (11.30 pm IST) for test transmissions. Today tests are with about 700 kW.
Reports may be sent to chinsurah@prasarbharati.gov.in
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, Hyderabad, India via WOR yg (28/8-2019)


27/08-2019

CANADA
(CRTC) CIRF 1350 in Brampton applies to relocate transmitter again.
Radio Humsafar has once again applied to move the transmitter site for the "yet to be launched" CIRF 1350 in Brampton, Ontario. Similar applications have been rejected three times in the past due to issues of improperly serving the station's city of licence and possible interference to nearby existing stations.
Radio Humsafar has also applied for a one year extension to get the station on the air by October 21, 2020.
Canadian Radio News fb group (27/8-2019)

U K
Aside from the topic, this extract from the Issue 385 of Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin 27 August 2019, will provide some insight how a regulatory body processes on complaints:
The Music Marathon is a music programme on Gold which is broadcast on AM radio in Manchester [1458 kHz], London [1548 kHz], Derby [945 kHz] and Nottingham [999 kHz] and nationally on DAB. [...] Ofcom received a complaint about offensive language (“yellow Chinkies”) in the music track Melting Pot by Blue Mink. No introduction to the track was broadcast, or any other content discussing it. [...]
Under the Communications Act 2003, Section Two of the Code requires that generally accepted standards are applied to provide adequate protection for members of the public from the inclusion of offensive and harmful material in programmes. Ofcom takes account of the audience’s and the broadcaster’s right to freedom of expression, as set out in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, when considering a broadcaster’s compliance with Section Two of the Code. [...]
We first considered whether references in the track to "yellow Chinkies", "Red Indian boy", "curly Latin kinkies" and "coffee-coloured people" had the potential to cause offence. Ofcom’s research on offensive language makes clear that the word “chinky” is considered by audiences to be among the most offensive language and highly unacceptable without strong contextualisation. [...] Ofcom’s research does not provide direct evidence for the offensiveness of the terms "Red Indian boy", "curly Latin kinkies" and "coffee-coloured people". However, Ofcom considered that "Red Indian" is generally understood to be a pejorative term in modern speech and is frequently replaced with ‘Native American’.[...] In our view, the potential offence caused by these lyrics may have been heightened by the cumulative effect of the repeated use of this language during the verse and chorus [...].
Ofcom then considered whether this potential offence was justified by the context. Our guidance on offensive language on radio states that: "In reaching any decision about compliance with the Code, Ofcom will take into account the likely audience expectations of a particular radio station at the time of broadcast". It also states that words considered offensive on the grounds of race and ethnicity should "normally be broadcast only in limited circumstances and in context, for example in news, drama, or documentary programmes to explore or expose prejudice".
We took into account the Licensee’s argument that the nature of the radio station (wellknown for playing music from the 1960s and 70s) meant that the track would have been unlikely to cause offence to its audience. We considered the demographic of the station as per its Licence, which makes clear that it primarily targets 35-54 year-olds. We acknowledged that some listeners to a radio station known for playing 1960s and 70s music may have been less likely to be offended by the use of such language, given established expectations for lyrics associated with this era. We considered that the nature of the station did therefore provide some context to justify the broadcast of the track. However, Ofcom’s offensive language research, which was conducted with people of all age groups, shows that the use of derogatory language to describe ethnic groups carries a widespread potential for offence. Therefore, in Ofcom’s view, the likely audience expectations did not sufficiently mitigate the potential for offence in this case.[...]
Ofcom also considered Global’s argument that any offence was mitigated in this case by the positive intention of the song, which was a message of racial harmony. [...] We did not agree that this provided sufficient context to mitigate the potential for offence. The title Melting Pot, which may have provided an indication of the track’s overall message, was not broadcast, nor was the song introduced with any contextual information that would have highlighted its overall message to listeners. [...]
For all of the reasons above, Ofcom’s Decision is that this potentially offensive material was not justified by the context.
However, we took into account the steps taken by the Licensee following notification of the complaint from Ofcom. We acknowledged that it said it had removed the track permanently from Gold’s playlist.
Our Decision therefore, is that this case is resolved.
Issue 385 of Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin 27 August 2019, pages 15-18 via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
(27/8-2019)


23/08-2019

ITALY
On 1017 kHz, during the morning, the low power 0.05 kW Amica Radio Veneta/ Amica Radio Italia (Vigonza) and Radio Base 101 (Padua) have been heard in Pesaro (central Italy). In the evening RNE Radio 5 and IRIB Radio Iran are prevalent.
Alberto V, Pesaro Italy (23/8-2019)


21/08-2019

INDIA
On 21 August 2019, All India Radio Engineering has put out a tender for "Miscellaneous Repairs/ Renovation works of Self Radiating 200 kW MW Mast at AIR Jabalpur" [801 kHz]. Reading through the 33 pages of the pdf http://prasarbharati.gov.in/tenders/Engineering_744893.pdf, one gets the impression that „miscellaneous“ might be substituted by „extensive“. Page 20 is particularly interesting because it has a detailed plan of the structure. The final day for companies interested in taking up the project to submit their offers is 13 September 2019.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (21/8-2019)


20/08-2019

NORWAY
The new transmitter of Radio Northern Star has now entered its second test period on 1611 kHz and we think you will find it has a better sound and is louder than before. The tests might be interrupted from time to time but have mostly been on 24 hours a day.
Reports to: 1000@northernstar.no and report@bergenkringkaster.no
Svenn Martinsen in WRTH fb group (20/8-2019)

INDIA
With the reactivation of the very important [AIR] 1000kW station on 1134kHz in Chinshurah I am trying to check the latest developments. 594kHz is already serving the Akashvani Maitree service of All India Radio to Bangladesh.
Perhaps locals can advise on what service is eventually allocated to this super power station.
Dan Goldfarb, mwmasts yg (19/8-2019)

I have tried to ask everybody there, but no reply. Even the tests have stopped now. Maybe they will use Maitree between 1800-2400 or so.
Mauno Ritola, mwmasts yg (20/8-2019)


19/08-2019

U A E
Using the Qatar KiwiSDR http://midskiwi.ddns.net:8073/, Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Co. was confirmed active on 1539 (ex 810) kHz. The AM signal was well ahead of the web stream at http://pravasibharathi.com/Radio_Live.php.
The web site still promotes 810 kHz as the station’s frequency. On 810 kHz the SBC Qur’an programme was heard, at the time in parallel to short wave 15205 kHz.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (17/8-2019)


15/08-2019

INDIA
In early August, the Union Territory of Ladakh was separated from Jammu and Kashmir. This change is an old demand of local politicians, because Ladakh is a Buddhist region and does not want to be dragged into the J&K issues.
Dan Goldfarb compiled the following list of AIR stations in the newly formed territory. Unfortunately, with the recent revision of the AIR website the sub pages giving more detailed information on specific AIR stations have disappeared. So I added some information from my own
Union Territory of Ladakh.
684 kHz Kargil (1 September 2006: 200 KW MW transmitter commissioned at Kargil.)
1053 kHz Leh (1971)
1485 kHz Dras (1 September 2006: 1 KW MW transmitters commissioned at Dras in Kargil region.)
1485 kHz Khalatse (Khaltse)
1485 kHz Nyoma (2007: As part of J&K special package for boosting border coverage, new Stations with 1 KW MW Transmitters at Nyoma in Leh region commissioned.)
1584 kHz Kargil
1584 kHz Padam (2008: As part of J&K special package for boosting border coverage, a new station with 1 KW MW Transmitter commissioned at Padum in Kargil region. With this all the 12 projects included in J&K special package Phase-1 commissioned.)
1602 kHz Diskit (2007: As part of J&K special package for boosting border coverage, new Stations with 1 KW MW Transmitters at Diskit in Leh region commissioned.)
1602 kHz Tiesuru (1 September 2006: 1 KW MW transmitters commissioned at Tiesuru.)
Dan Goldfarb/Dr Hansjoerg Biener (15/8-2019)

UNID
Those of you who deal with European and Asian MW stations perhaps can help me. I have got a mystery on 1287 kHz and WRTVH and other sources give no help.
Two stations heard simultaneously around 18-20 UTC and later. One of them transmits CRI in Russian at 20:00. The other station has got mostly. music, l have identified some Turkish mx. Puzzled abt the language. QRM too heavy.
Any clues!?
Ullmar Qvick, Norrkoping/S in NORDX yg (15/8-2019)

It is BFBS Gurkha Radio on 1287 kHz.
Kari Kallio FIN in NORDX yg (15/8-2019)

Hei Ullmar, I had yesterday at 1800 AIR Panaji with extended programme and later Voice of Hope Middle East from Israel in Arabic and English ID's. I don't have CRI in Russian, I have no idea about that. BFBS Gurkha Radio might be possible at 2000, but not the prime suspect.
Mauno Ritola, NORDX yg (15/8-2019)

U A E
Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Co., UAE, was heard last night 0130z on 1539 kHz. Nothing noted on 810.
Last winter I heard Asianet Radio on 1539 kHz. Some weeks ago it was announced that Asianet was closed down, and now I hear Pravasi Bharathi here.
What is there going on in UAE?
Gulf News had this about the story in February 2019:
https://gulfnews.com/uae/asianet-radio-another-malayalam-radio-station-based-in-the-uae-shuts-down-1. 62306715?fbclid=IwAR1tbL3yikYBQ8gZBWo5qEBSZtV-BSBAXSCwrGQerN1K9kW9aCUCEMaK080
Jorma Mäntylä, DXing fb group (14/8-2019)


14/08-2019

U K
Viking FM is moving its broadcast teams out of Hull to co-locate with Hallam FM in Sheffield.
The station’s only remaining local show (once Drive goes networked in September), Breakfast with Alex Duffy and Ellie Brennan, will be broadcast from Sheffield starting on 2nd October.
Bauer says: “The broadcast teams will move into our Sheffield studios, ensuring that they have access to the very best technology and resource and more vibrant creative environment.”
Viking FM will continue to have local news and commercial teams in the area, with any Cash For Kids fundraising continuing to go into the local regions.
Viking FM has been based at Commercial Road in Hull since it launched in 1984, and split into Viking FM on 96.9 FM and Viking Gold on 1161 AM in 1988.
All medium wave programmes are now broadcast from the North West of England as part of the Greatest Hits Radio network.
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2019/08/viking-fm-is-moving-out-of-hull-to-join-hallam-fm/
Radio Today
(12/8-2019)


13/08-2019

NORWAY
The new 2 kW Medium Wave AM transmitter of Radio Northern Star on 1611 kHz is on trade test transmissions initially with 200 watts since 1345 UTC today. The service may be interrupted from time to time.
Reports to 1000@northernstar.no
Svenn Martinsen in DX-Listeners' Club fb group (13/8-2019)


12/08-2019

INDIA
AIR Kolkata testing tonight also on 1134 kHz 1800 UTC onwards. Hindi film song tunes tonight.
Pradip Kundu via WRTH fb group (12/8-2019)


10/08-2019

U K
I can confirm that Love Sport indeed can be heard on 1584 from London. Last night I heard them loud and clear in Holland. So apparently the swap with Panjab did take place. The only diference is that the power is reduced. Panjab did 2-5 kW against all rules and regulations, I think Love Sport is some 500 W maximum.
Much to the pleasure of the LPAM station in Holland.
Ruud Poeze - Utrecht Holland.
Thanks for lightning up this problem, Ruud (Ed)

U K
Hi Dan. Just to let you know by chance, that despite the mistake when talking about 1584Khz, ie 1548Khz was mentioned, it would seem from all the info that we have, that Gold on 1548Khz is coming off MW by October, Gold have informed Ofcom, the Radio Authority in the UK.
Mike Simmonds (10/8-2019)

U K
On the latest batch of messages on mediumwave.info [09/08-2019] there is a mistake. The original article gave the wrong frequency where Spectrum would be interested in hiring time. They would be delighted to have the 97.5kW array at Saffron Green 1548kHz but I don't think that Global Radio would be happy! Instead they meant to express interest in using the 200W outlet on 1584kHz.
Dan Goldfarb (10/8-2019)


09/08-2019

INDIA
Extraordinary monsoon rain is affecting large parts of Maharashtra. (e. g. http://www.newsonair.com/News?title=Respite- from-rain-in-Mumbai-and-its-suburbsandid=369656). While the studio building of AIR Sangli was flooded on 6 August 2019, the medium wave site [1251 kHz] remained safe.
(Pictures at https://airddfamily.blogspot.com/2019/08/krishna-river-flood-water-is-entered.html 7 August 2019)
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/8-2019)

U K
"Channel availability August 2019
Offers are invited for 1548 Khz AM covering a large area of Central and North London. This frequency covers a highly populated area from the River Thames to Hampstead in the West, Enfield in the North and Ilford in the East. Click here for coverage details. A London wide DAB channel offering access to 10 million potential listeners.
Also available – 2 stereo DAB+ channels covering all of Greater London and again offering access to a potential 10 million listeners. For further details, contact The Spectrum Radio Network.
We can offer you a variety of other options to get on air. Whether you want 12 hours, 6 hours or even 1 hour a day we can get you on air across London and the South East of England.
That’s great news if you want to start with fewer hours with a firm eye on the budgets.
The Spectrum Radio Network is the only broadcast operator in the UK able to offer these options of radio airtime hours for international and UK based broadcasters. https://spectrumradio.net/airtime/"

So Lovesport did not swap frequencies with Panjab Radio on 1 August but actually gave up medium wave as a platform altogether. As reported earlier, no medium wave frequency has been mentioned on their internet site https://www.lovesportradio.com/ for many months.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/8-2019)

U K
According to http://carillonradio.com/schedule the evening relays of Seagull by Carillon Wellbeing Radio [1476 kHz] started on 19 June 2019.
They might raise some questions concerning "local output" and "original output" as determined in the key commitments of their licence. (cp. the precedent case of Radio Caroline).
I was unable to find their licence. But in the original application https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/95236/Carillon-AM-Application-Form.pdf you find this promise. "Evening programmes (until 10pm) will provide a range of specialist music shows such as Jazz, Folk, Rock and Roll, Country etc sourced from Carillon Radio and Hermitage FM. Night time programmes will be predominantly music for the older listener."
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/8-2019)

U K
1476am Carillon Wellbeing in UK now relays Radio Seagull in the evenings acc. to a listener´s info.
http://carillonradio.com/post-1/
Kari Kallio, Lahti, Finland (8/8-2019)


08/08-2019

COOK ISLANDS
Radio Cook Islands 630 AM Rarotonga finally silenced.
https://www.facebook.com/Radio-Cook-Islands-The-Voice-of-the-Nation-143223219032811/
Bryan Clark on Facebook (7/8-2019)


07/08-2019

THAILAND
VOA Rohingya service which is transmitted on shortwave at 1130-1200 UTC, also repeated at 1300-1330 UTC on 1575 kHz MW [Ayuttaya] same day.
Pradip Kundu, WRTH fb group (7/8-2019)


06/08-2019

U S A
NEW TUCSON RADIO VENTURE TARGETS OLDER 'LOST AUDIENCE'
By Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Aug 5, 2019
Tucson Radio will welcome a new station today that features some familiar voices.
This morning, 101.7-FM and 830-AM will go live as KDRI The Drive, a Tucson-focused music and entertainment station targeting listeners between the ages of 45 to 64.
Owners Fletcher McCusker, Bobby Rich and Jim Arnold say those are the listeners that have long been neglected not only in Tucson but nationwide by corporate-owned radio that focuses on the 25-to-40 segment.
“We kind of view them as a lost audience,” said longtime Tucson business titan and community activist McCusker, the only one among the trio who doesn’t have an extensive radio or broadcast background. McCusker’s only foray into radio was a short stint at KWFM — he was the underground rock station’s first hire — when he was 19 in the late 1960s.
The trio closed last week on the $650,000 purchase of the radio frequencies that had been home to Christian broadcaster Family Life. The Drive will play a mix of music from the 1960s through the ’80s and beyond that they say will appeal to an audience that identifies as baby boomers, Rich said.
“It’s not classic rock. It’s not golden oldies. But it’s going to be unique, programmed by Bobby Rich,” McCusker said. “His library right now is 3,000 songs, so you could literally go weeks without hearing the same songs.”
When pressed for a clearer definition of the format, Rich would only say that he planned to “present on The Drive something that (listeners) will be comfortable with and familiar with and will give them something that they want, which is information and entertainment.”
On Thursday, Tucson Radio began playing nonstop novelty songs, including “Camp Granada” and “Purple People Eater” under the name “The Worm.” On Monday morning, it switches gears as The Drive with Rich and Hill Bailey, most recently of KHYT 107.5-FM, in the morning driver’s seat. . .
https://tucson.com/business/new-tucson-radio-venture-targets-older-lost-audience/article_145d434b-1c14-5789-beb0-90722a014d86.html (via Radio World NewsBytes, excerpts of much longer story)
Greg Hardison, CA, August 5, DXLD yg (6/8-2019)


01/08-2019

LATVIA
So, Radio Center (1602 kHz) is on air 24/7 from Riga, Latvia, but we are still working hard to improve our signal in Moscow and St.Pete at the night time! Hope, we'll switch to full power on our transmitter soon.
Thanks for listening.
Andrey Nekrasov in WRTH fb group (1/8-2019)


30/07-2019

CANADA
Radio Humsafar Inc., Brampton, Ontario
Ethnic commercial AM radio station Radio Humsafar on 1350 kHz in Brampton – Technical changes
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-248.htm
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/7-2019)

ROMANIA
Radio Timisoara (http://www.radiotimisoara.ro) provides four different programme streams for its region, although they at times share programming:
FM 105.9 MHz: Timisoara
FM 102.9 MHz: Arad / 103,6 MHz: Faget and Valea Muresului
FM 101.5 MHz: Petrosani
AM 630 kHz
According to http://www.radiotimisoara.ro/program the medium wave frequency has the following opt outs from the main Timisoara FM stream:
Local time (currently: UTC+3)
Mo-Fr
*0800-1000: Din suflet, pentru tine! (music and greetings, repeated at 2200 h)
*1300-1600: Minority programmes in German, 1400 h Hungarian, 1500 h Serbian,
1900-2400: Programmes in Romanian
Sa
*0800-1000: as Mo-Fr
*1300-1600: as Mo-Fr
1900-2400: Programmes in Romanian (of note: 1905-2000 h Uniti sub tricolor / Unite under the flag which also connects listeners and Romanian troops serving in UN/NATO missions abroad and 2005-2030 h Convietuiri / Coexistence, a magazine in Romanian produced by journalists from the minority services
Su
*1200-1300: Sunday noon
*1300-1600: as Mo-Fr
*1600-2100: Minority programmes in Czech, 1700 h Slovak, 1800 h Ukrainian, 1900 h Bulgarian, 2000 h Romani
The programmes marked by an asterisk are exclusively on AM at the time. A daily programme schedule can be reached via http://www.radiotimisoara.ro/program-am.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/7-2019)

U K
It has been announced th hat Live Sport Radio currently on 568kHz and Panjab Radio currently on 1584kHz will swap frequencies as from Thursday 1 August 2019.
James Robinson (27/7-2019)

MOLDOVA
Radio Moldova (873, 1494 kHz, FM, https://www.trm.md/ro/radio-moldova) usually broadcasts in Romanian. A number of minority programmes are broadcast according to the following schedule researched from their website.
local time (currently: UTC + 3): 0900-0910: News in Russian
1100-1110: News in Russian. Sat Sun until 1105
1400-1410: News in Russian. Sat Sun until 1405
1800-1810: News in Russian
2015-2055: Mo-Fr minority programmes
- Mo Gagauz (https://www.trm.md/ro/unda-bugeacului-bucaan-dalgasinda)
- Tu Romani (https://www.trm.md/ro/romano-glasos). 2035 Russian (https://www.trm.md/ro/spatiul-culturii)
- We Belarusian (https://www.trm.md/ro/izvorul-belorus). 2035 Russian (https://www.trm.md/ro/casa-ruseasca)
- Th Ukrainian (https://www.trm.md/ro/renastere)
- Fr Bulgarian (https://www.trm.md/ro/radiomegdan)
2100-2115: Mo-Fr Panorama of the day in Russian (https://www.trm.md/ro/panorama-zilei)
There are also programmes produced by Radio Europa Libera, some of which are also in Russian:
Mo Dialogue Programs for Transnistria
2115-2145: Russian
2230-2300: Romanian
Sa at the end of the week (https://www.trm.md/ro/la-sfarsit-de-saptamana-cu-europa-libera)
2025-2055: Romanian
2335-0000: Russian
Su round table (https://www.trm.md/ro/punct-si-de-la-capat)
2025-2055: Romanian
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (27/7-2019)

UKRAINE
The National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine recently awarded existing and new broadcast licences in the East Ukrainian war zone. This includes a medium wave station of the Ukrainian National Radio station.
Press release The regulator has renewed the permissions for temporary broadcasting to "Ukrainian Radio", "FM Army", "Public Radio" and five other licensees. (25 July 2019)
The National Council at a meeting on July 25 decided to retransmit temporary broadcasting permits in territories with a special mode of broadcasting to replace those whose validity expired. In addition, two more radio stations received new permissions. "Ukrainian Radio" will continue to speak at frequencies 88.7 MHz in Volnovassi and 0.873 MHz in the city of Chasiv Yar, Donetsk Oblast, 102.5 MHz in Popasnaya and 106.9 MHz in the Broad City Luhansk Region, and " Radio Promin - at a frequency of 103.1 MHz in the city of Konstantinovka, Donetsk region.
[...]
Permit for temporary broadcasting is issued for a term of 1 year.
Google translation of https://www.nrada.gov.ua/regulyator-ponovyv-dozvoly-na-tymchasove-movlennya-ukrayinskomu-radio- armiyi-fm-gromadskomu-radio-shhe-p-yaty-litsenziatam/
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (26/7-2019)

ROMANIA
On page 336, the World Radio TV Handbook 2019 lists two programmes for the regional Radio Romania Iasi: 1 (24 h UKW) und 2 (0600-2200 Uhr LT, 1053 kHz). The daily programme schedules at http://www.radioiasi.ro/program show that the programme streams are almost always in parallel. The only difference is on Sunday mornings, when 1053 KHz opts out for religion:
0803-1100 (LT)
0803–0900: Liturghia romano-catolica (live transmission of a Roman-Catholic mass)
0900–0910: Radiojurnal Radio Iasi
0910–0945: Lumina credintei (religious magazine)
0945–1100: Liturghia ortodoxa (live transmission of a an Orthodox liturgy)
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (25/7-2019)

GERMANY
Google translate:
828 kHz broadcast for the big maker meeting in Hannover
On the occasion of the big maker meeting in Hanover from 17 to 18 August, radio amateurs from OV Hannover (H13) will activate a medium wave transmitter as part of an event radio. With the approval of the responsible state media agency and Federal Network Agency, it works on 828 kHz with 100 mW ERP. The content is planned to present the event. There will be live interviews with visitors and in the run-up to several politicians greetings to speak, which are interspersed in the current program. As a small highlight, the technicians of the OV have come up with the idea of ??touching the carrier by ± 100 Hz with CW signals. This is not heard with a normal AM receiver, so do not bother. However, if you use a high-precision receiver and set the receive QRG and bandwidth correctly, you can hear CW. The signal - in other words: key pressed - is sent to 828 kHz plus 100 Hz. 828 kHz minus 100 Hz then represents the pause. Normally the BNetzA prescribes a frequency constancy of the carrier of ± 10 Hz. The request to extend this to ± 100 Hz to enable the CW broadcast was unbureaucratically complied with. It is also planned to run the station during the night from the 17th to the 18th and probably also in the night from the 18th to the 19th of August. Reception reports gladly accept the OV's assets. The antenna will be set up on the 12th of August and first tests and optimizations will be made from then on. A detailed report can be found in the September issue of CQ DL.
Original text: 828-kHz-Aussendung zum großen Maker-Treffen in Hannover
Anlässlich des großen Maker-Treffens in Hannover vom 17. bis 18. August aktivieren Funkamateure vom OV Hannover (H13) einen Mittelwellensender im Rahmen eines Veranstaltungsradios. Mit Genehmigung der zuständigen Landesmedienanstalt und Bundesnetzagentur arbeitet man auf 828 kHz mit 100 mW ERP. Inhaltlich ist geplant, die Veranstaltung vorzustellen. Es werden Live-Interviews mit Besuchern geführt und im Vorfeld sollen diverse Politiker Grußworte sprechen, die in das laufende Programm eingestreut werden. Als kleines Highlight haben sich die Techniker des OVs ausgedacht, den Träger um ±100 Hz mit CW-Signalen umzutasten. Das ist mit einem normalen AM-Empfänger nicht zu hören, stört also nicht. Wer jedoch einen hochgenauen Empfänger verwendet und die Empfangs-QRG und die Bandbreite korrekt einstellt, kann CW hören. Das Signal - sprich: Taste gedrückt - wird auf 828 kHz plus 100 Hz gesendet. 828 kHz minus 100 Hz stellt dann die Pause dar. Normalerweise schreibt die BNetzA eine Frequenzkonstanz des Trägers von ±10 Hz vor. Der Bitte, dies auf ±100 Hz auszudehnen, um die CW-Sendung zu ermöglichen, wurde unbürokratisch nachgekommen. Es ist geplant, den Sender auch in der Nacht vom 17. auf den 18. und vermutlich ebenso in der Nacht vom 18. auf den 19. August durchlaufen zu lassen. Empfangsberichte nehmen die Aktiven des OVs gern entgegen. Der Aufbau der Antenne wird am 12. August erfolgen und erste Tests und Optimierungen werden ab dann vorgenommen. Einen ausführlichen Bericht finden Sie in der Septemberausgabe der CQ DL.
Source: Deutschland-Rundspruch 30/2019, 30. KW
More info:
https://twitter.com/828kHz
https://www.facebook.com/darc.h13
Harald Kuhl (25/7-2019)

U K
Gunthorpe 1332 kHz and King's Heath 1557 kHz which currently carry the services Smooth Radio Peterborough and Smooth Radio Northampton respectively are to change to carry Gold Peterborough and Gold Northampton respectively on an as yet unannounced date.
Northampton
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/_resources/documents/manage-your-licence/analogue-radio/format-changes/2019/smooth-radio- northampton-format-change-request.pdf
Peterborugh
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/_resources/documents/manage-your-licence/analogue-radio/format-changes/2019/smooth-radio- peterborough-format-change-request.pdf
James Robinson(25/7-2019)

U K
In Issue 383 of Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin (22 July 2019), the British regulator Ofcom published two notes to private commercial and community radio stations on localness. After these notes you find Radio Caroline [648 kHz] “in breach“ of the localness guidelines. This seems to suggest that this station is the main reason behind the "clarification"
pg 97-98
Note to Broadcasters
Clarification of original and locally-produced output requirements for community radio licensees
[...]
Ofcom is concerned that there appears to be a misunderstanding among some community radio licensees about the meaning of original and locally-produced output. We are therefore publishing this notice to clarify Ofcom’s definitions of these types of content.
Original output
Original output is content which is first produced for, and transmitted by, the station and excludes output that was transmitted elsewhere before. Original output can be live, prerecorded or voice-tracked. Repeat broadcasts of original output and continuous music with no speech content other than advertisements, station idents and/or outsourced news bulletins (i.e. news bulletins produced by a third party) does not meet Ofcom’s definition of original output.
Locally-produced output
Locally-produced output is content which is made and broadcast from within the station’s licensed coverage area. It may include all types of local production including repeats and continuous music, as long as it is created anywhere within the licensed coverage area and is not material that is networked from other stations.
Content which is made outside the station’s licensed coverage area, but edited and broadcast from within the coverage area, does not meet Ofcom’s definition of locally produced output.
[...]
pg 99-100 Broadcast Licence Conditions cases
In Breach
Providing a service in accordance with ‘Key Commitments’
Radio Caroline AM Broadcasting Ltd, March 2018 to March 2019
[...] the Licensee indicated to Ofcom through earlier correspondence that its failure to meet the previous minimum requirement was due to a “misinterpretation” of the definition of original output on its part. Radio Caroline said that it “hadn’t appreciated that automated output was excluded”.
[...]
Decision
Reflecting our duties to ensure a diverse range of local radio services, community radio licences require the provision of the specified licensed service. This is the fundamental purpose for which a community radio licence is granted.
While Ofcom acknowledged Radio Caroline’s explanation that it had misinterpreted the meaning of original output, the Licensee failed to deliver the minimum amount of original output required in its Key Commitments for a period of at least 12 months prior to the Key Commitments change request being submitted.
Ofcom’s Decision is therefore that Radio Caroline is in breach of Licence Conditions 2(1) and 2(4). [...]
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/157830/issue-383-of-ofcoms-broadcast-and-on-demand-bulletin.pdf
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (23/7-2019)

U S A
WBBM-AM 780 kHz
The former broadcasting site of WBBM-AM Chicago was closed after 77 years. The broadcast tower near Rohlwing Road and Devon Avenue in Itasca was brought down on 18 July 2019. WBBM Newsradio 780 (*1924, *1935 50 kW clear channel station on 780 kHz, 1942 sited in Itasca) is now co-located with WSCR 670 The Score (50 kW clear channel) just off Army Trail Road in Bloomingdale.
Background information:
(1) „Demolition was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, but Itasca officials said that time had to be pushed back. The exact time the tower would be taken down is somewhat dependent on scheduling with utility companies, Itasca officials said.“ (https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/devon-rohlwing-to-close-thursday-as-broadcast-tower-comes-down/ 18 July 2019)
The site at the southeast corner of the intersection was sold by CBS Radio’s parent company Entercom to Bridge Development, who Itasca Community Development Director Shannon Malik Jarmuz said is set to build three industrial buildings on the site.
(2) „In 2018, WBBM was granted an FCC construction permit to move its transmitter to WSCR's tower site in Bloomingdale. That allowed Entercom to sell the Itasca transmitter site to commercial and residential land developers. WBBM's power was reduced to 35,000 watts during the day and 42,000 watts at night, from the previous 50,000 watt signal it had maintained since 1935. Entercom engineers say the reduction in transmitting power will not be apparent to most listeners, except in some fringe areas. The move was completed on July 18, 2019, with the previous transmitter in Itasca, Illinois, coming down shortly thereafter. Despite the reduction in power, WBBM is still considered a Class A station broadcasting on a clear channel frequency.“
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WBBM_(AM))
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (23/7-2019) following a tip of Dr Joern Krieger

PERU
After DXing colleague Tony King noted Vaughan Radio missing from 1470 on 16 July, I have identified Lima FM station Radio Felicidad 88.9 being relayed on measured 1469.9995 kHz on 17 July in the 0500 to 0800 UTC period.
Easy listening vocals and frequent identifications parallel to the Felicidad webstream.
Unclear whether Vaughan Radio has gone for good.
Also have been hearing Radio Victoria, Arequipa on 1469.951.
Bryan Clark NZ (22/7-2019)


10/07-2019

IRELAND
RTE on Long Wave 252 kHz is not off air today - 100719 - is booming in at my location at 1600UT. I see in the attachment to Mike's mail that it says "but only after a ten-week interruption of service in the autumn-winter months for maintenance, repairs and upgrade", which maybe explains why.
Interestingly someone in the same article remarks about the co-channel interference in parts of the south and east of the UK from Algeria and that the opportunity should be taken to shift to a clear channel. They only need to shift up 9 kHz to unused 261 kHz which listeners would soon locate.
Noel R Green in NW England via WOR Group.io (10/7-2019)

IRELAND
RTÉ on 252 Khz is now off air for a possible 10 weeks or so and in the UK we can hear signals from Algeria Chaine 3 even now in the middle of the day.
Earlier this year the chair of Ireland’s Oireachtas Communications Hildegarde Naughton TD (Galway West and South Mayo) announced that a major antenna upgrade will ensure the transmission of RTÉ on long-wave will continue for at least the next two years.: “The maintenance of long wave radio for the Irish diaspora is a significant concern to the Committee.” She announced that service will have to be “temporarily suspended” for approximately ten weeks, but RTÉ has said it will endeavour to complete the works as quickly as possible.
“I welcome the efforts being made to continue this service, which serves as an invaluable link between the diaspora and home,” she added.
See http://www.theirishworld.com/reprieve-for-rte-longwave/
Mike Terry via WOR Groups.Io (10/7-2019)


09/07-2019

U S A
Concerning WABC New York 770 kHz (*1921, 50 kW clear channel station)
"77 WABC sold to Red Apple Media Group and John Catsimatidis.
Posted on June 27, 2019
NEW YORK (77 WABC) – Red Apple Media, a subsidiary of Red Apple Group, and its chairman John Catsimatidis has agreed to purchase New York radio station 77 WABC-AM from Cumulus Media, Inc. Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group’s holdings currently consists of supermarkets, real estate, diverse holdings in the energy industry and soon to be added New York’s Talkradio 77 WABC. Cumulus had acquired 77 WABC from Citadel Broadcasting in 2011. [...] Red Apple’s acquisition of WABC is scheduled to close in the next 60-90 days."
http://www.wabcradio.com/2019/06/27/77-wabc-sold-to-red-apple-media-group-and-john-catsimatidis/
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/7-2019)

NORWAY
NRK Svalbard 1485 kHz.
They have not decided what to do with it yet, but it is old and hard to get spare parts for if something were to happen. NRK told us that they have several options - one of them is to upgrade the system. Another is to not do anything and just keep it running untill it doesn't work anymore. The person from NRK that we talked to, Gunnar Garfors, said that they are working towards upgrading the system, because the feedbacks from the locals said in general that the mediumwave frequency is much needed here. But economy plays a part, of course, so they do not know the outcome for sure yet. According to Garfors they will most likely make a decision during early fall.
Svalbardposten in an answer to my (ed's) question (9/7-2019)


08/07-2019

NORWAY
Svalbardposten reports, that "NRK is considering what to do with MW in Longyearbyen.
The transmitter facilities at NRK Svalbard (1485 kHz) is more than 40 years old, and it will be difficult to find spare parts, if anything happens to it."
No transmitter will probably be more North on Earth than NRK Longyearbyen. If it close, Svalbard will only have FM/DAB witch can impossibly cover the whole island.
The MW transmitter is built in 1978 and it's beginning to be hard to serve it.
Regards Håkan Bengtsson (8/7-2019)


07/07-2019

CANADA
CHCM Marystown NL [VOCM] is moving to FM.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-237.htm?fbclid=IwAR2OQS3vEgIfTNgfRt-KH9iiF2cedsq44QjHHKhHmXihAd_D_VKVIucWw2E
CHCM currently operates on 740kHz with 10kWs. On FM, they will be at 88.3 with 59.3kWs.
CHCM is widely heard throughout the Maritimes at night.
Andy Reid (7/7-2019)


05/07-2019

CYPRUS
Radio Sawa 990 kHz Cape Greco has closed down.
Amine Ferhane ALG (5/7-2019)


28/06-2019

SWEDEN
For several years now, the Hörby Radio Association HRF (in collaboration with Experimenterande Svenska Radioamatörer and Sveriges Radiohistoriska Förening) hosts a radio history day in September. This year’s VeteranLjuddagen will take place on 7 September 2019.
As in previous years, there will be low power broadcasts on Hörby’s former medium wave frequency during a 14-day period beginning one week before Veteran Audio Day. According to http://veteranljuddagen.se/, the historic frequency of 1179 kHz will be on the air between 31 August and 13 September 2019.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
(28/6-2019)


26/06-2019

U K
Google translate of https://radiovisie.eu/blad-188-caroline-radionomy-en-klara-audio/#.XROIH-gzbIU
"The British media regulator Ofcom has given Radio Caroline permission to reduce the compulsory number of hours of 'original live programs' from 144 to 120 per week. This obligation applies in the context of the use of the 648 kHz medium wave frequency. Apparently the 144 hours of live was a little too high for Caroline and no longer tenable. From now on Caroline will still have to broadcast live from 07:00 to 24:00 hrs, plus 22 hours on Saturday and 19 hours of live broadcasts on Sunday. According to the plans, Radio Caroline will offer 126 hours a week, six hours more than is imposed by Ofcom.
In the weekend of 20 and 21 July, Radio Caroline will again be broadcasting the monthly special program Caroline North from the radio ship Ross Revenge, together with Manx Radio (1368 kHz)."
Nico uit Gouda (26/6-2019)


22/06-2019

ICELAND
Summer solstice bandscan 2019.
Not at home, so I can sit inside the room and type/edit while I listen at midnight rather than rely on memory after a walk as usual.
As expected on summer solstice, not a glut of stations on the Panny tranny, yet more than I expected. I did hear the usual Brits on 693 (weak), 810, 882, 909, 1053, 1089, 1215 and 1341 kHz as well as two Absolute Radio relays on 1197 and 1242 kHz, the latter only discernible because I had 1215 to compare against.
There were also Spanish voices on 684, 855, 999, 1107, 1125 and 1152 kHz, the last overriding Smooth Radio.
The LW band had various local digital buzzes, but I did hear the Irish on 252 kHz.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (22/6-2019)


20/06-2019

U K
We are counting down the days to another fabulous RADIO CAROLINE NORTH broadcast – LIVE from our historic radio-ship Ross Revenge this weekend.
Welcome back Chris Pearson after a two-year absence, now joining us as both a Caroline presenter and MD of Manx Radio! Tune in on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June as our on-board presenters bring you some of the best music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Our sponsor for the June broadcast is Dave, Brian and Roger from Plastic Building Supplies Thetford – and you can win prizes in our web shop competition sponsored by Pete Gadd.
Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM via Manx Radio in the North and North-West, online here, on your mobile, on smart speakers … so many ways to listen!
We would love to hear from you – please send your emails direct to the Ross studios at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk during the broadcast.
http://radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html via Mike Terry (20/6-2019)

U K
Checking on the agreed frequency swap of Love Sport (558 kHz) and Panjab Radio (1584 kHz), I still see no announcements concerning the change on the respective websites.
What I do see, is that medium wave is not mentioned on https://www.lovesportradio.com any more. Love Sport Radio is still on 558 kHz, but refers its audience only to DAB and online and mobile internet streams. http://www.panjabradio.co.uk/ still mentions 1584 kHz.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (20/6-2019)

ITALY
Frequency allocation notice.
Published updated list of synchronous and asynchronous frequencies assigned (16 May 2019). Also, the list of frequencies in unassigned medium waves is online. Unassigned frequencies will be granted, according to the order in which the requesting parties are presented, exclusively to the company having the necessary conditions to obtain the general authorization, in accordance with the provisions of article 27, paragraph 3, of the Electronic Communications Code and by art. 4, paragraph 4, of Annex A) of Resolution 3/16 / CONS.
Any requests to move the plants (stations, facilities, Hj. Biener) will be permitted, taking into account the legal restrictions applied to the displacement requests previously received, once the opinion of the competent general direction for the planning and management of the radio spectrum has been obtained.
Synchronous frequencies assigned (pdf)
Assigned asynchronous frequencies (pdf)
Free synchronous frequencies (pdf)
Free asynchronous frequencies (pdf)
Google translation of
https://www.mise.gov.it/index.php/it/comunicazioni/radio/assegnazione-frequenze-onde-medie-am
Via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (20/6-2019)


19/06-2019

CANADA
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-201 Ottawa, 10 June 2019
The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the commercial radio programming undertakings set out below from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2026. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding these applications.
[...]
Bell Media Inc. and 8384819 Canada Inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Bell Media Regional Radio Partnership CFRW Winnipeg, Manitoba [1290 kHz]
[...]
In regard to CFRW Winnipeg, the licensee shall also adhere to the following condition of licence:
As an exception to the percentage of Canadian musical selections set out in sections 2.2(8) and 2.2(9) of the Radio Regulations, 1986, in any broadcast week where at least 90% of musical selections broadcast are selections released before 1 January 1981, the licensee shall devote 30% or more of its musical selections from content category 2 (Popular Music) in that broadcast week and between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday of the same broadcast week to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety. The licensee is responsible for specifying the year of release for all musical selections it broadcasts on the music lists it provides to the Commission.
For the purposes of this condition, the terms “broadcast week,” “content category” and “musical selection” shall have the meanings set out in section 2 of the Radio Regulations, 1986.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-201.htm 10 June 2019 via
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (19/6-2019)

CANADA
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-211 Ottawa, 13 June 2019
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.: Various locations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
[...]
Various commercial radio stations – Licence renewals
The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the commercial radio stations set out in this decision from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2025 [six years only because of non-compliance with several sections of the Radio Regulations, Hj. Biener]. This short-term renewal will allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with regulatory requirements.
[...]
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. (Golden West) filed applications to renew the broadcasting licences for the following commercial radio stations, which expire 31 August 2019:
[...]
CFAM Altona, Manitoba [950 kHz]
CFRY Portage La Prairie, Manitoba [920 kHz]
CHSM Steinbach, Manitoba [1250 kHz]
CJRB Boissevain, Manitoba [1220 kHz]
[...]
The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding these applications.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-211.htm 13 June 2019 via
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (19/6-2019)


18/06-2019

INDIA
GOA: On 18 June 2019 (1800 h IST), All India Radio Goa (http://www.airpanaji.gov.in/) celebrated the official inauguration of Vividh Bharati’s FM transmitter on 101.1 MHz (10 kW).
This will certainly have an impact on the future of the AM transmitter on 828 kHz (20 kW). According to http://www.airpanaji.gov.in/transmissionhours.htm, it relays Vividh Bharati Mumbai at 0600-1105, 1200-1730 and 1815-2310 h IST.
The Vividh Bharati FM transmissions will also boost competition on the FM band. Beside AIR Vividh Bharati (101.1 MHz) and AIR FM Rainbow (105.4 MHz), there are Radio Indigo (91.9 MHz, *2007) and Big FM (92.7 MHz, *2007). A third private commercial broadcaster was on the air from 2007 to 2017, but Radio Mirchi (98.3 MHz) was closed because its audience/financial performance fell behind the original expectations.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (18/6-2019)


16/06-2019

U K
Radio Caroline [648 kHz] has asked for a change in its licence. According to its key commitments the station had promised 144 h of original programming each week. This number was over-optimistic. The management now requested a reduction to 120 h.
R. Caroline:
"Every weekday, we provide original output for 17 hours from 07:00 until 23:59. On Saturdays and Sundays this is currently increased to 22 hours and 19 hours respectively giving an overall weekly total of 126 hours. Any non-original output is broadcast after midnight when listener numbers are minimised. This has been the position, more or less, for the past 12 months as we have been unable to source volunteers willing to provide live or recorded programming during these hours. Consequently, we seek to reduce this commitment to an attainable 120 hours per week which will also provide with us a ‘safety’ margin to cover situations where presenters are unable to make programmes owing to sickness and/or work commitments or for periods where a presenter leaves the Station and a replacement has to be found."
Decision by Ofcom:
"The request represents approximately a 15% reduction in hours of original output which, in our view, would not substantially impact the character of service. Furthermore, the station has noted that for the 12 months prior to the request they have in fact been producing this reduced amount of original output, so there will be no obvious changes to the service from the perspective of listeners. We have also taken into account the challenges facing the station with regard to sourcing volunteers."
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0023/149180/radio-caroline-key-commitments-change-request.pdf
Please note that at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates there is still no link to https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-may-2019.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/6-2019)


12/06-2019

COOK ISLANDS
Cooks to end AM radio link to outer islands.
The Cook Islands Investment Corporation says there are no plans to replace an AM radio mast that is to be dismantled on Rarotonga.
The mast at Matavera, built with New Zealand aid money many years ago to provide a signal to the outer islands, is rusted through in parts and in danger of collapsing. Pupils from an adjacent school have been moved to ensure their safety, while plans are made for the dismantling.
In a statement the CIIC said with the rollout of FM radio and the ability to stream events of national importance, the AM signal is no longer required.
But some concerns have been expressed about the loss of the service and Radio Cook Islands is surveying its customers in the outer islands about how they access the radio signal.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/391757/cooks-to-end-am-radio-link-to-outer-islands
Stephen Kellat via WOR io group (12/6-2019)


11/06-2019

KYRGYSTAN?
On June 1 a test broadcast began on new transmitter 612 kHz (Central Asia) referred to in the press as "Silk Road".
Following plans for the transmitter
00:00 to 12:00 the national px "Kyrgyz Radio".
12:00 to 13.55 - a pause.
13.57 - call sign Transmir Radio (TWR).
14:00 to 16:30 - TWR program in different languages in Central Asia.
Omnidirectional antenna.
Vasily Gulyaev (11/6-2019)
Could it be the 612 kHz from Bishkek? / Ydun Ritz


09/06-2019

SOUTH KOREA
The Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC), which broadcasts Christian radio programs in short and medium wave, now has the opportunity to build a 250,000 watts AM transmitter in South Korea, a few kilometers from North Korea.
https://christiannews.net/2019/06/07/christian-radio-station-has-opportunity-to-broadcast-signal-unblockable-by-north-korean-regime/
Christian News Network  (7/6-2019)


07/06-2019

NETHERLANDS
Updated list of all Dutch MW stations and more
https://radio-tv-nederland.nl/am/am.html?fbclid=IwAR2Pw_WRGrka_hIHOXcDoi1pGZhqy4ti8NpmQlgb3gQE33RAPxNecYzXEdE
Svenn Martinsen to DX-LISTENERS' CLUB fb group (7/6-2019)


06/06-2019

U S A
Rural U.S. Radio Stations Disappearing Fast.
From the Guardian, this interesting, if depressing, read.
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jun/06/radio-silence-how-the-disappearance-of-rural-stations-takes-americas-soul-with-them
In my totally biased opinion, as someone who has worked professionally in radio broadcasting for four decades, deregulation was surely the worst thing that ever happened to the industry. And it's not just commercial radio. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's policies have made it much easier for large, urban NPR stations to take over and homogenize smaller ones in the name of "efficiency." CPB and the Big Stations say this improves the "listener experience." It's a crock.
73, Andy Robins, Kalamazoo, Michigan USA via WOR io group (6/6-2019)


05/06-2019

GRENADA
"The Harbour Light of the Windwards is a non-profit, non-commercial, Christian radio facility located at Tarleton Point on the Northeastern slope of Carriacou. [...] We are presently using a 100% solid state Nautel XR-12 AM transmitter. Our audio processor is a CRL system with the NRSC pre-emphasis. The antenna is a quarter-wave, series-fed, monopole 55 meters in height with an above-ground tuned radial (raised radial) ground system that uses only 4 wires 55 meters in length perpendicular to each other and raised 5 meters above the ground for our frequency of 1400 Khz. The computer models show that it is as good or slightly better than the conventional ground system with 120 radials buried in a circle around the tower. Our tests have proved this also. The beauty of this system is its ease of installation, maintenance and low cost. We use a standard “tee” matched ATU (antenna tuning unit) for matching the tower to the transmitter. We went on the air on 1 December 1991.
Our present schedule for our AM broadcast is: 5:00 AM to midnight (local time) 08:00 UTC to 04:00 UTC.
Our primary coverage (0.5mv/m) area includes a 300 km (250 mi) radius. We've received signal reports from all the Islands in our coverage area, South America, and Europe. Our FM transmitters are 250 watt Crown, which are on 24 hours daily (94.5, 92.3 MHz), and cover primarily Grenada, Carriacou and the Grenadines. Our programmes are primarily Bible preaching and teaching in nature, however, we have science programmes, drama programmes, programmes on the family and home, daily classical music programmes, weather, and world news from the BBC. We were the only radio station in Grenada to remain on the air during Hurricanes Ivan and Emily on September 7, 2004 and July 16, 2005.
For more than 27 years, we used a Nautel ND5 5kw solid state transmitter - pictured in the gallery below - with the control rack on the left. It was installed new in October of 1991 and was in operation until April 27, 2019. It operated nearly flawlessly for ten years before we had our first real trouble. [...] On April 27, 2019, we installed a slightly used Nautel XR-12 which we purchased from the former government station in Grenada. Our engineer converted it to our operating frequency and re-commissioned it at 5kw for our AM service. Since this transmitter is capable of 10kw, we are considering increasing power sometime in the future, Lord willing." http://www.harbourlightradio.org/page25.html via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/6-2019)

EASTERN CARIBBEAN UPDATES
While still many Spanish speaking AM stations on air in the Caribbean - from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic; there is a decline in English and French speaking stations in Eastern Caribbean. Here a list of silent stations:
Anguilla: 690 kHz and 1610 kHz The Caribbean Beacon are off air. 1610 kHz is close to empty, but during nights CHHV Voces Latinas from Canada can be heard. On 690 kHz W Radio from Colombia is audible.
Guadeloupe: 640 kHz is off air. Instead, you can hear Radio Progreso from Cuba and Fox Sports Radio from USA.
Martinique: 1310 kHz is off air [since 2018? as not mentioned in WRTH 2019/ed]. The frequency is a myriad of different weak stations, of which at least one transmitter is off frequency, 1309.8 kHz maybe.
St.Kitts & Nevis: 820 kHz Son Power Radio [and ex Radio Paradise], which was expected back on air in the beginning of 2019, still not reactivated. The frequency seems empty during night. Two very weak stations, possible from Cuba and USA, can be picked up.
US Virgin Islands: WUVI 1090 kHz and WIGT 1690 kHz are still silent. On 1090 can now be heard Unión Radio Noticias from Venezuele and Caracol from Colombia. On 1690 kHz WPTX is dominant.
The current status is, that there is no French speaking stations left in the Eastern Caribbean.
Regarding English speaking stations in that region, the following are active:
780 kHz: ZBVI, British Virgin Islands
860 kHz: VON Radio, St.Kitts & Nevis
900 kHz: "FM 94.7", Barbados
970 kHz: WSTX, US Virgin Islands
1000 kHz: WVWI, US Virgin Islands
1160 kHz: Caribbean Radio Lighthouse, Antigua
1300 kHz: The Voice of St.Maarten, St. Martin
1340 kHz: WSTA, US Virgin Islands
1400 kHz: Harbour Light, Grenada
1620 kHz: WDHP "103.5 The Reef", US Virgin Islands.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, Deshaies, Guadeloupe (using a Tecsun PL-880 and 30 m longwire) May 29th until June 4th 2019 (5/6-2019)
Thanks to Stig for this excellent update /Ed.


02/06-2019

ALGERIA
Chaine 3 Algeria on 252LW is back on air from 21/05/2019.
Regards Adam Birchenall (22/5-2019)

CANADA
Montreal's 1650 La Radio Gospel has new calls: CKZW replacing CJRS.
Andy Reid (2/6-2019)


31/05-2019

CANADA
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-155
Ottawa, 16 May 2019
The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the campus and community radio programming undertakings listed below from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2026. The terms and conditions of licence for these stations are set out in the appendix to this decision.
[...]
Concordia Student Broadcasting Corporation CJLO Montréal, Quebec [1690 kHz]
[...]
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-155.htm via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/5-2019)

CANADA
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-149
Ottawa, 14 May 2019
CHAK Inuvik – New transmitter in Aklavik.
The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language AM radio programming undertaking CHAK Inuvik [860 kHz], Northwest Territories in order to operate a low-power FM transmitter in Aklavik to rebroadcast the programming of CHAK. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
According to the CBC, in order to ensure continued service to an underserved remote northern community following an unforeseen failing of CHAK’s low-power AM rebroadcasting transmitter CBAK Aklavik [1210 kHz], it needs to replace the low-power AM transmitter with a low-power FM transmitter. The licensee stated that the new transmitter, which will operate under the call sign CBAK-FM Aklavik, will also improve the quality of the Radio One signal to residents of Aklavik.
The new transmitter will operate at 97.7 MHz (channel 249LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 7.7 metres). It will operate from the current transmitter site for CBAK.
Pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this authority will only be effective when the Department of Industry (the Department) notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
The Department’s BPR-3: Application Procedures and Rules for FM Broadcasting Undertakings specifies that a low-power FM rebroadcasting transmitter is considered a secondary assignment operating on an unprotected channel. Should an FM station or transmitter with protected status be granted a frequency that is incompatible with that used by the low-power transmitter considered in this decision, the licensee may need to cease the operation of that low-power transmitter or file an application to change its frequency and/or technical parameters.
The transmitter must be in operation by no later than 14 May 2021. To request an extension, the licensee must submit a written request to the Commission at least 60 days before that date, using the form available on the Commission’s website.
Secretary General
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-149.htm via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/5-2019)

CANADA
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-180
Ottawa, 28 May 2019
The Commission approves the application by Maritime Broadcasting System Limited to change the authorized night-time contours of the English-language commercial radio programming undertaking CJCB Sydney [1270 kHz], Nova Scotia by decreasing the night-time transmitter power from 10,000 to 1,350 watts. All other technical parameters will remain unchanged. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
According to the licensee, due to an antenna system failure, CJCB has been forced to operate from a single transmission tower and, consequently, must reduce its night-time transmitter power. The licensee added that the requested technical change will not affect the station’s ability to continue serving the local Sydney radio market as it has in the past, and will allow operational costs to be kept to a minimum.
Pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this authority will only be effective when the Department of Industry notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
The licensee must implement the technical change by no later than 28 May 2021. To request an extension, the licensee must submit a written request to the Commission at least 60 days before that date, using the form available on the Commission’s website.
Secretary General
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-180.htm via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/5-2019)

ALGERIA
At least since monday 27.05.2019, Alger Chaîne III on 1200 mts. 252 kHz has returned on air, but is noted as if was on reduced power, on daytime and nightime.
Guillermo Sáez (28/5-2019)

U K
Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio closes down on medium wave: "We have some exciting news to bring you............. from Friday 24th May at 2pm we will be broadcasting on 87.7 FM and this will be our new permanent home on your radio. Our service on 1575 AM will be closing down on the same day and while we are sad to say goodbye to AM our new crystal clear FM service will sound even better."
https://www.smhr.co.uk/news.shtml 13 May 2019 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (23/5-2019)

ALGERIA
Be informed that CHAINE 3 252 LW is ON now.
Amine Ferhane (22/5-2019)


20/05-2019

HOLIDAY
I will go on holiday tomorrow.
Therefore, no activity on MediumWaveInfo the next ten days or so.
Ydun Ritz (29/5-2019)


18/05-2019

ITALY
On 594 kHz is now on air a new radio: AM Italia. The frequency is licensed, the owner is Challenger srl.
It is broadcasting in Veneto region, North Italy.
See also:
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/italian-mw-am-italia-on-594-khz-list-of.html
73 Giampiero Bernardini (18/5-2019)


17/05-2019

CANADA
The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has flipped Classic Hits CK 750 (CKJH) in Melfort, Saskatchewan to BEACH RADIO 750. The format has been tweaked and now emphasizes Classic Hits from the 80's and 90's.
BEACH RADIO 750 WEBSITE: https://beachradiosk.com/
Thanks to Ted at Radio West for the tip.
Canadian Radio News fb group (17/5-2019)


16/05-2019

UNID
It´s a Belgian pirate station with irregular mediumwave activity. In the past it was transmitting on 1440 kHz, but changed to 1350 kHz earlier this year.
Website: http://paradisefm.org/
Patrick Robic (16/5-2019)

UNID
There is a station transmitting on 1350 KHZ identifying itself as "Paradijs FM, Belgium" and playing continuous pop and rock music. The announcements are in German and English, and what is more, it is on AM.
It could be using the transmitter that used to relay "I am Radio" in Northern Italy, as the signal strength and modulation quality are quite similar.
Can anyone throw any light on this signal? I first heard it during the Easter weekend, with the same format.
Your comments please?
Dave Angell (16/5-2019)
My guess is, that you have heard a (Dutch?) pirate. Anyone knows more? (ed)


15/05-2019

CANADA
The CBC has received approval to convert Radio One CBLB 1340 AM to 90.9 FM in Schreiber, Ontario. The new station will operate with 130 watts. Antenna height will be 31.3 metres (EHAAT) with a non-directional radiation pattern. Programming will continue to originate at CBQT 88.3 Thunder Bay.
CRTC DECISION
Canadian Radio News fb group (15/5-2019)

CANADA
The CBC received approval today to convert Radio One CBAK 1210 AM to 97.7 FM in Aklavik, Northwest Territories. The new station will operate with 50 watts. Antenna height will be 7.7 metres (EHAAT) with a non-directional radiation pattern. Programming will continue to originate at CHAK 860 Inuvik.
CRTC DECISION
Canadian Radio News fb group (14/5-2019)

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
It seems to be that Radio Farda from Al-Dhabbaya 1575 kHz is off air. On this Qatar's Kiwi Rx. http://midskiwi.ddns.net:8073/ (sometimes is this Kiwi off air) Farda is usally to hear permanently. But for about 1 week I only can hear the jammer from Iran (Iran's authorities proably didn't pick up that Farda is off air now).
No idea if Radio Farda will return there.
Nils Düwel (15/5-2019)

U K
This thread from the British DX Club's news list may be of interest - the AM community licence awarded to Ark AM (Glasgow) in June 2017 now on air on low power (around 10 watts) on off-channel 1529.66 kHz, IDing as "Radio Ramadhan 365" when heard this morning.
Craig Kelly reported on Digital Spy May 9th: "After a break of almost 5 years, the AM/MW frequency 1530 kHz is alive again with Radio Ramadhan The Ark. This station was awarded an AM licence to cover Glasgow in June 2017, so they have just got on-air before the two-year deadline after licence award. Ark AM, the name on the original application, says it will serve the needs of Glasgow’s diverse Muslim communities. They also state on the website DAB digital radio coverage. No known on-air launch date."
Alan Pennington (10/5-2019)

IRELAND
Spirit Radio, the Christian gospel based station which broadcasts on 549 KHZ am will be renewing their licence for 2020 as the current one expires in December 2019.
They are testing out a new Telefunken 50 KW transmitter which they intend to use to give them better coverage. The Harris 50 KW transmitter will also be kept as a stand-by unit.
Dave Angell (9/5-2019)


08/05-2019

CANADA
CRTC - Extension granted to CKJS 810 Winnipeg for FM flip to 92.7.
Evanov-Dufferin received an administrative licence renewal until August 31, 2020 for CKJS 810 in Winnipeg. This will allow more time to convert the station to 92.7 as was approved in November 2017. No reason for the delay was given in the decision other than the licensee is not yet ready to begin operations of the FM station.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-132.htm
Canadian Radio News fb group (7/5-2019)


07/05-2019

U K
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the frequency swap of Love Sport (558 kHz) and Panjabi Radio (1584 kHz) following a consultation.
Panjabi Radio will change to 558 kHz, thus expanding its coverage area to Greater London. Love Sport, in the future on 1584 kHz, will have a smaller coverage in the north of the British capital.
More details are found at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0029/146486/statement-love-sport-panjab-radio-request-change-format.pdf.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-april-2019 7 May 2019 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/5-2019)

U K
The community Radio BGWS (British Gurkha Welfare Society Limited) Farnborough (Hampshire) has surrendered its licence for 1179 kHz.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-april-2019 7 May 2019.
The station started broadcasting in 2012, but its fate in more recent years was unclear. The station did not respond to my enquiry in 2018 when I researched the community radio stations licenced for medium wave.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/5-2019)


06/05-2019

NETHERLANDS
With reference to the information of April 25th Studio Denakker will continue its broadcasts on the frequency on 675 kHz, starting May 11th, 2019.
There will be several changes of the LPAM – stations on mediumwaves: some stations will stop transmission, there are some new ones and several station will change to a new frequency.
https://radio-tv-nederland.nl/am/am.html
Henk Poortvliet, The Netherlands (5/5-2019)


04/05-2019

ALGERIA
Be informed that Algeria R. CHAINE 3 252 kHz Tipaza from yesterday 3/05/2019 till now no signal (OFF). Without program.
Amine Ferhane (4/5-2019)


01/05-2019

IRELAND
The Contract Awards Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (18.04.19) placed a public notice in a national paper seeking expressions of interests from parties interested in securing a sound broadcasting contract for the provision of one of the following:
[...]
A quasi-national broad-format Christian and religious sound broadcasting service, on the AM and FM bands, targeting an audience aged 15+ years. The contract for the above service is currently held by Spirit Radio Limited, broadcasting as Spirit Radio, and is due to expire on the 31st December 2020.
[...]
Parties interested in submitting expressions of interest to the BAI should do so by 12 noon on Tuesday, 18th June 2019.
Commercial radio licensing – BAI seeks expressions of interest for sound broadcasting services 18 Apr 2019
https://www.bai.ie/en/commercial-radio-licensing-bai-seeks-expressions-of-interest-for-sound-broadcasting-services/
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/5-2019)


28/04-2019

RUSSIA
World Radio Network 738 kHz.
Announcement on the air:
"From May 1, 2019, the broadcasting of the radio channel by the World Radio Network at the 738 kHz medium-wave frequency will be temporarily suspended for editorial-independent reasons. We will make every effort to return to the air of Moscow and the Moscow region in the near future. Our partners will continue to broadcast programs of the World Radio Network via satellite and on the Internet. Details you will find on the site wrn.ru"
Vasily Gulyaev, Astrakhan, Russia ( “deneb-radio-dx” and “open_dx”)
"The news of our channel is the World Radio Network. Unfortunately, from May 1, we will have to temporarily suspend the broadcasting of our broadcasts at a medium wave frequency of 738 kHz.
The reason is the consolidation of state structures in our country; therefore, the transmitting center on which our technical facilities are located has lost its independence and entered into a larger structure. And in the process of consolidation, as usual, an inspection was carried out. This check revealed that, in addition to the main facilities, there are technical means of third-party organizations, including ours, at the radio center. And if these funds of third-party organizations for more than two decades did not prevent the transmitting center from successfully operating according to its basic purpose, now they have sharply prevented the new owner. Thus, from May 1, all broadcasting from Kurkino stops. To date, these are just the two remaining transmitters. At a frequency of 612 kHz, this is the “Narodnoe Radio” and “Radonezh” and at a frequency of 738 kHz, the World Radio Network. As for us, the World Radio Network, we are doing everything possible to find a new place to accommodate our facilities and resume broadcasting on medium wave 738 kHz."
(Quote from the program "Radiopanorama" for lovers of long-range radio. The author and presenter - Vadim Alekseev. 04/27/2019)
Anatoly Klepov, RUS-DX (28/4-2019)

ABKHAZIA
Monitoring April 21, 2019.
1350 kHz, 1557 UTC - Abkhaz radio, as they announced themselves on the air (Abkhazia), then “Avtoradio” sounded barely audible and the transmitter turned off.
muromdx, Murom, Vladimirskaya oblast, Russia (http://www.radioscanner.ru/forum/topic30247-356.html)
Anatoly Klepov, RUS-DX (28/4-2019)

UKRAINE
On April 18, the radio station "UA: Ukrainian Radio" resumed broadcasting from a transmitter in the village of Luch of the Nikolaev region at a frequency of 549 kHz. Recall - the broadcasting of the radio station at this frequency was absent for a month due to the underfunding of NSTU.
Source: Portal "Terrestrial TV and Radio Broadcasting in Ukraine".
http://proradio.org.ua/news/2019apr.php
Anatoly Klepov, RUS-DX (28/4-2019)


26/04-2019

U K
BBC Radio Foyle opens new state-of-the-art studio space.
BBC Radio Foyle [an opt out local service of BBC NI for Londonderry on 792 kHz and 93.1 MHz] continues its 40th birthday celebrations with the opening of a new state-of-the-art studio space. The investment brings together the best available audio technology and radio visualisation equipment to transform the studios into facilities which are tailor-made to meet the needs of BBC Radio Foyle in the 21st Century.
Radio visualisation is the creation of pictures to accompany audio in the internet era. The station has also increased the number of studios, creating an in-house musical performance space for the first time to reflect the growth in cultural content coming from the North West. In the years since 2013, BBC Radio Foyle has launched the Mickey Bradley Record Show and Soundscapes, and moved production of weekly episodes of Blas and the Arts Show to the Northland Road base.
The studios officially re-opened on Thursday [25 April], with a special live, visualised edition of Electric Mainline simulcast on BBC Radio Foyle’s platforms and the BBC Music NI website from 7pm, when presenter Stephen McCauley invited local, unsigned acts to be first to play in the new performance space. Those performing were: Foreign Owl, Cherym, Porphyry and solo artist, The Fully Automatic Model (Johnny Delaney).
The opening of the newly refurbished studios forms an important part of BBC Radio Foyle’s 40th anniversary celebrations. And to mark the year, poet Abby Oliveira has also been commissioned by the station to write a love-letter to its listeners to mark four decades together and decorate the entrance to the newly refurbished studios.
Larry Deeney, Content Editor, BBC Radio Foyle, says: “By inviting local, unsigned acts to open our new state-of-the art visualised radio studios and giving them a video of their performance to take home as a birthday present, we are saying thank you to the local community because this new facility will benefit the whole of the North West.
This commitment from the BBC is a massive vote of confidence in the North West and the work that teams here in BBC Radio Foyle do for local, national and network audiences. I would like to thank the BBC, the staff in Foyle, and most of all our loyal listeners for their continued support.”
https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2019/radio-foyle-studio
26 April 2019 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (26/4-2019)

IRELAND
RTE 252 kHz longwave transmissions are to continue for a minimum of 2 more years following an aerial upgrade it was announced today. RTE had hoped to start broadcasting on DAB in the UK, but Ofcom isn't granting permission to a non-UK broadcaster at this time. Aerial upgrade will cause a break in transmissions, maybe in the autumn.
http://www.hildegarde.ie/longwave-radio-to-continue-for-the-benefit-of-diaspora-naughton/?fbclid=IwAR37L65qIxhuJP6TYmcPZgw0YSiJN_Z91qIZRW-wjndoBZKmn_Noc5S-lsg

British DX Club FB group (25/4-2019)


25/04-2019

NETHERLANDS
Some LPAM stations on MW in The Netherlands will cease transmission on May 11th, 2019 as there licenses have not been renewed
https://radio-tv-nederland.nl/am/am.html
Among them is Studio Denakker på 1395 kHz, the most easily heard station in Denmark.
Peter Witten, DNK (25/4-2019)


24/04-2019

ITALY
Some Italian private MW radio heard by me in these days:
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/04/mw-italian-private-radio-log.html
Giampiero Bernardini, Milano, Italia (24/4-2019)


16/04-2019

ITALY
On 1305 kHz from Pisa, Tuscany, now is on air Radio Città del Capo, based in Bologna and linked to Popolare Network. This radio is broadcasting also on 774 kHz, from Lumbardy in North Italy. Both relay Radio Città del Capo on FM. The frequencies was licensed to Netlit that few months ago announced a project on Medium Wave.
On their site you can follow the development. So far according to Netlit web site http://www.netlit.eu/ 3 frequencies are active: 774 - 1305 - 1602. The last one is from Savona, west side of Liguria region, North Italy.
Giampiero Bernardini (16/4-2019)


09/04-2019

NETHERLANDS
Wijkradio https://www.facebook.com/wijkradio has stopped transmission from Waalwijk via the LPAM frequency 1485 kHz.
And since last week Radio Calypso is on LPAM frequency 675 kHz from Oostwold Groningen in stead of Team FM.
A list of Dutch LPAMs can be found here https://radio-tv-nederland.nl/am/am.html
John Vinther Nielsen, DNK (8/4-2019)


08/04-2019

SWEDEN
New Swedish station on 1512 kHz.
Gunnar Ivarsson in Kinna has started up a beacon with tone and voice on 1512 kHz with 10 watt, on air 24/7.
More here https://www.500khz.se/kinna1512.php
Lennart Deimert in NORDX yg group (8/4-2019)


04/04-2019

SYRIA
Possible changes to MW broadcast scheme in Syria.
In the near past, medium wave transmitters in Syria, which are owned by the Syrian government, used to relay feeds from dominant state-run radio stations (e.g. Radio Damascus / Domestic and Voice of Youth). However, that formula might have changed without prior notice!
Radio Damascus / Domestic Service usually broadcasts on three medium wave frequencies, 567 kHz (primary), 783 kHz and 936 kHz.
Yesterday (3-Apr-2019 at 13:30z) I noticed a mismatch in programming between 567 kHz and 936 kHz. 936 kHz relayed something different. It didn’t take much time till I realized that I was listening to Zenobia FM. Zenobia FM is a local radio station owned and managed by ORTAS (General Organization of Radio and TV – Syria). Originally, it covers the city of Homs on a single FM frequency of 98.0 MHz, with programming specially curated to Homs’s population.
3-Apr-2019 at 18:30z, things got really weird. 936 kHz was relaying a feed from a privately owned radio station, Ninar FM. Till this moment, Ninar FM is still live on 936 kHz.
Note that SRTV General Program has “recently” (couple of months ago) changed its frequencies announcement. The updated one states that 567 kHz is the only MW frequency and it's covering the entire Syrian geography. That might mean there are plans to use the other two frequencies (783 kHz and 936 kHz) to, presumably, relay different types of programs other the main one.
It’s not clear yet if this move will be permanent, or whether 936 kHz will be used to relay both stations at different times. We have to wait.
Rawad Hamwi to WOR io group (4/4-2019)


02/04-2019

SPAIN
EAJ-6 RADIO PAMPLONA [1575 kHz] (SER network) is off the air and all points to a definitive closure. On the last days of January they were playing only music with regular invitations to retune to FM... "For a better sound quality listen to Radio Pamplona SER on 100.4 FM" and some other messages on the same line.
Dx-er José Hernández Madrid has been told by the station that they are off to do some works in the antenna for better transmission quality. But well known dx-er Jordi Brunet has obtained a diferent version from well informed sources... Radio Pamplona is off for good on MW as they have sold the tx site for developing a new residential area. The mast and transmitters are also been sold as scrap. Let´s see...
Another station with an uncertain future is EAJ-25 HIT-FM (Tarrasa, Barcelona province). According to Jordi Brunet, this station is off the air from early 2019 due to some technical problem still not solved.
Sources: José Hernández Madrid and Jordi Brunet on iberiaDX (at) groups.io
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CPeHruJV7c&feature=youtu.be
http://guiadelaradio.com/radio-pamplona-deja-de-emitir-en-onda-media
73! Mauricio Molano via mwdx yg (2/4-2019)


29/03-2019

JAPAN
Japanese broadcasters call for end to mandatory AM radio due to cost and lack of listeners
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/28/national/japanese-broadcasters-call-end-mandatory-radio-due-cost-lack-listeners/?fbclid=IwAR3hzFrcsdCReEX9WGLvGTh491T4WqqSQRbGSkDV2E
c6Vu5m5PTBHgTSU_U#.XJ4jOphKiM9

Geir Høien Fredheim in DX-Listeners' Club fb group (29/3-2019)

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Radio Asia, Ras al-Khaimah has now moved from 1269 to 1476 kHz.
http://radioasiauae.com/?fbclid=IwAR0VFUpJPMSRtTdWlEhvEBJk6RCXdWA5GzJ-
QcNx5gOrV5lCnm0MVAUwtaw
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (28/3-2019)


27/03-2019

CANADA
CJCB 1270 in Sydney wishes to reduce night time power.
The Maritime Broadcasting System has applied to reduce the night time power at CJCB 1270 in Sydney, Nova Scotia from 10,000 to 1,350 watts. Day power will remain 10,000 watts.
The station has actually been operating at 1,350 watts nights for several years now after an antenna system failure. No complaints were received from listeners about poor reception so MBS has decided to make the power reduction permanent to keep operational costs at a minimum.
Canadian Radio News fb group (27/3-2019)


26/03-2019

INDIA
DRM in INDIA
In India 35 MW transmitters of AIR's 138 MW transmitters use DRM digital signals. And more than 1 million new cars are equipped with DRM radios.
More on https://www.drm.org/drm-india-page/
Thanks to Niels Dreijer for this information (26/3-2019)


25/03-2019

U K
New transmitter to give Radio Warrington a boost.
Radio Warrington – the town’s community radio station – will soon be available to more listeners than ever before. The not-for-profit station is taking delivery of a new transmitter at its site in Great Sankey. This will allow a stronger signal on 1332am, better quality sound and a greater reach to its audience.
Radio Warrington is wholly run by volunteers from studios in Warrington Market. It has been broadcasting 24 hours a day since March 2007 in digital stereo online and since May 2016 on 1332 medium wave.
It broadcasts national and local news, sport, local topic and events and music. Its outside broadcast team visits local events and of course there is music, including locally produced and specialist music.
The new transmitter will enable many more people to hear the station on the medium way(!).
Radio Warrington is keen to hear from any local people who want to get involved in running the station, either on air or behind the scenes.
For more information about getting involved visit www.radiowarrington.co.uk
Warrington Worldwide (15/3-2019)


24/03-2019

UKRAINE
First program of Ukrainian Radio will stop broadcasts on 549 kHz from the station at Luch in May 2019, then it will replace transmission with FM frequencies.
Only one frequency will be in use - 873 kHz.
Source: http://www.vcfm.ru/ and https://detector.media
Ivan Lebedevsky, St.Petersburg, Russia (24/3-2019)


22/03-2019

SPAIN
Radio Pamplona SER 1575 kHz has closed definitively. The terrain where the antenna is located will be urbanized.
Good bussines....for SER!
Jordi Brunet in MWC fb group (22/3-2019)


21/03-2019

ICELAND
Spring equinox bandscan 2019
The weather in nutshell: Bright, breezy and chilly. I made it only once around the bands before my fingers got too cold. I'm glad that the Panny tranny, though not very sensitive, is easy to handle.
The LW band brought no surprises that I could hear. NRK was weak but audible on 153 kHz.
MW band signals were not at their strongest this time. There were a few Middle-East signals and some Spanish signals, but still many channels with only a weak carrier. The only Absolute Radio relay I caught was on 1242 kHz. Smooth Radio (1152, 1161 and 1170 kHz) was weak, too.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (20/3-2019)


20/03-2019

AUSTRALIA
AM to FM Conversions.
According to the websites for 7AD and 7BU, the official switchover will take place at 0000 AEDT Fri 22 March (there is a countdown clock on each site https://www.7ad.com.au/ https://www.7bu.com.au)
There have been reports elsewhere online claiming both 98.9 and 100.9 have commenced test broadcasting. I have no way to test the veracity o f these claims. 100.9 should definitely be audible in Melbourne when conditions allow; 98.9 will be more difficult due to 3NOW Broadmeadows.
Will Renton, ICDX-AM yg (20/3-2019)

558 KHz 7BU Burnie is running on reduced power to the extent that it can no longer be heard at my Sydney home. 558 KHz 6WA Wagin at 1,970 miles is recently the dominant signal most of the evening.
Last evening around 2030 Sydney time, traditional female island singing was heard on 558 KHz peaking NE. This was possibly Fiji. Previously the strong 7BU signal wiped out any chance hearing Fiji. I will try and determine the optimal reception time window for Fiji. Sunrise Fiji 6:09 AM (Sydney 5:09 AM time) may be a possibility to try.
Todd, ICDX-AM yg (13/3-2019)

According to recent news, the following AM to FM conversions are about to occur here in Australia:
98.9MHz 7AD Devonport Tas AUS - Convert from 900kHz AM (FM transmissions commence on 01/03/19).
100.9MHz 7BU Burnie Tas AUS - Convert from 558kHz AM (FM transmissions commence on 01/03/2019).
AM transmissions of both stations will continue for about three weeks or so, before closing down.
Also, 540kHz 7SD Scottsdale Tas AUS is soon planned for an AM to FM conversion. Both AM and FM frequencies planned to be used indefinitely with this particular station. No further details on this at the moment.
Robert Copeman, ICDX-AM yg (28/2-2019)


19/03-2019

SRI LANKA
BBC WORLD SERVICE will do test transmissions starting
Wed 20th - Fri 22nd March:
01.00-01.30 UTC, 1548 kHz, AM at 350 kW
14.00-14.30 UTC, 1548 kHz, AM at 350 kW
Sat 23rd - Mon 25th March:
01.00-01.30 UTC, 1548 kHz, DRM at 120 kW
14.00-14.30 UTC, 1548 kHz, DRM at 120 kW

(Information from SLBC who wants reports on these transmissions. If you want QSLs I will get you the QSLs. Send your reporrs to SLBC direct or thru me. victorg.broadcaster@gmail.com )

Thanking you for your continuous support on our TRM operation since the year January 2012.
Director AM Transmissions V. Kuganesan. Slbc Project slbcproject@yahoo.com
Victor Goonetilleke to Union of Asian DXers fb group (19/3-2019)

ITALY
Here in Italy MW are moving again...
A new radio was heard today in North Italy - Radio Monterosa 1305 kHz
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/new-italian-on-mw-radio-monterosa-1305.html
Giampiero Bernardini (16/3-2019)


14/03-2019

CANADA
Extension granted for new Classic Hits station at 1220 AM in St. Catharines 10070394 Canada Inc. (Radio Dhun) has until April 20, 2020 to get this new 10,000 watt fulltime commercial Classic Hits station on the air. The applicant states that the delays have been the result of taking delivery of the transmitter equipment longer than they had originally anticipated. The station should be on the air by late Spring/early summer 2019.
Canadian Radio News fb group (14/3-2019)


13/03-2019

CANADA
The CBC has applied to convert Radio One CBAK 1210 AM in Aklavik, Northwest Territories to 97.7 FM. The new station will operate with 50 watts. Antenna height will be 7.7 metres (EHAAT) with a non-directional radiation pattern. Programming from CHAK 860 in Inuvik will continue to be simulcast.
This application is a formality as the flip to FM has already occurred. The CBC received emergency authorization to convert the station after the AM transmitter became non operational.
Canadian Radio News fb group (12/3-2019)


12/03-2019

U K
From The Radio Caroline website:
Radio Caroline North returns this weekend, online via the 'Listen' button in the green panel (at website), on Manx Radio's 1368 AM transmitter for the north and west, and on our own 648 AM transmitter for the south and east.
Join us live from our historic radioship Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater for more music memories, and more chances to win prizes from our webshop.
Your emails are welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk and remember, it's the only one that gets you straight through to us directly onboard.
Broadcast sponsored by The Offshore Radio Museum – the virtual museum where you're never more than a click away from great memories www.offshoreradiomuseum.co.uk
Mike Terry via mwdx yg (12/3-2019)

JAMMING
Yesterday I heard this "engine noise" on 1431, mixing with Radio Sawa Djibouti.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGoIGGqmgc
This noise very-very similar, that I heard one year earlier on 1521 kHz, against the Saudi station:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04SnMGW12eo&t=264s
Not a local noise, I tested it.
László Tringer HNG (12/3-2019)


10/03-2019

CANADA
The CBC has applied to convert Radio One CBLB 1340 AM in Schreiber, Ontario to 90.9 FM. The new station will operate with 130 watts. Antenna height will be 31.3 metres (EHAAT) with a non-directional radiation pattern. Programming from CBQT 88.3 in Thunder Bay will continue to be simulcast.
Canadian Radio News fb group (8/3-2019)


06/03-2019

GERMANY
Mediumwave transmitter Donebach gone [March 2nd, 2018]. Impressive 5-minute professional video by Media Broadcast of demolition of the 2-tower LW site at Donebach which was for 153 kHz DLF. Dramatic music, drone video, multiple angles of towers falling. All the guywires were broken simultaneously.

"Sprengung Sendetürme Donebach. Rund 50 Jahre prägten die beiden Langwellensender in Donebach das Bild der Region.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R97VVkG1Oik via Peter Kruse, DXLD."

Glenn Hauser, WOR io group (6/3-2019)


05/03-2019

CANARY ISLANDS
COPE 837 kHz is on air again; Radio Las Palmas 1008 kHz obviously only for special events.
You can see the report on PlayDX blog:
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/islas-canarias-cope-837-on-air-radio.html
Giampiero Bernardini (5/3-2019)

ITALY
Just note this post in Italian, about a real low power AM radio here in Milan:
Radio Centrale Milano 1530 AM
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/radio-centrale-milano-1530-am-una-vera.html
Giampiero Bernadini (5/3-2017)

SRI LANKA
AWR via Sri Lanka 1548 kHz MW.
Reception Reports for the new broadcasts by Adventist World Radio from Trincomalle , Sri Lanka on Medium Wave 1548 kHz is appreciated and may be sent to pino@awr.org
Schedule:
1500-1530 UTC Tamil,
1530-1600 UTC Hindi.
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, Hyderabad, India via WOR io group (5/3-2019)


02/03-2019

MALTA
Radio Malta 999 kHz at reduced power, possible interruptions of the transmissions in the next days.
Some shutdowns affected the 999 khz of Radio Malta in the last hours, the problems are this time due to some problems arose after the storm of bad weather last weekend.
The transmitter is currently operating with 3 kW of power instead of the 5 kW used usually. David Mizzi told us that because of the work that will be ongoing for a few days, more will be possible shutdowns, especially on Monday 4 March. (tnx Giovanni Lorenzi)
https:\\www.bclnews.it/2019/03/01/radio-malta-999-khz-a-potenza-ridotta-possibili-interruzioni-delle-trasmissioni-nei-prossimi-giorni/
via Roger Thauer-D, A-DX newsgroup March 2 and Wolfgang Büeschel (2/3-2019)


01/03-2019

ITALY
On Feb. 28th the low power 0.2 kW religious Radio Kolbe has been heard in San Costanzo (Pesaro e Urbino/central Italy) on 1566 kHz at 0650 h UTC. Moderate fading (HOL - Vahon Hindustani Radio) and fair to good signal.
Alberto V, Pesaro (Italy) (28/2-2019)


27/02-2019

NETHERLANDS
At least via that Dutch SDR receiver [http://gti.proxy.kiwisdr.com:8073/] is Radio Caroline test STEREO transmission to be heard on 1440 kHz = earlier Radio Luxembourg frequency.
Kari Kallio, Lahti Finland (27/2-2019)

It turned out be a Dutch pirate playing his game on 1440 kHz. (ed)

LATVIA
Radio Center will be on the air this March last time on their historical frequency AM 1485 before completely moving to NEW frequency AM 1602 from Riga, Latvia:
March 1st from 3-5 UTC (6-8 MST) with their special 27 Years Anniversary program March 27 and 28th from 19:00- 20:59 UTC (22:00-23:59 MST) with very special programs for NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) Convention attendees.
Radio Center Moscow, a pioneer of Religious broadcasting in Russia, has been granted a license for operating a powerful AM transmitter in Riga, Latvia to deliver Christian programming in RUSSIAN language into every RUSSIAN community in Eastern Europe, including Russia proper--during a time when the Russian Government has restricted the rights of many Christians groups. Due to growing restrictions and governmental interference, Radio Center is moving from Moscow to Riga while keeping our radio studio in Moscow. Our NEW frequency on AM dial is 1602 kHz.
On February 2019 Russian lawmakers backed a bill aimed at isolating the country's Internet from the rest of the world to secure it in the event of a cyber attack or other threat. The creation of this «red button» that gives the State more ways of disconnecting the country from the global network could further isolate Russians from the rest of the world. As a result, only conventional radio waves can reach our listeners in Russia!
Our ministry needs are:
New AM transmitter
New antenna (a location in Latvia close to Russian State border)
Studio and broadcast equipment
Production costs
Electricity bills
We invite you to partner with us. Together we can make a difference in this world by preaching the Gospel through the airwaves to reach Russian-speaking people! Please contact us at www.radiocenter.net
Andrey Nekrasov in WRTH fb group (27/2-2019)


24/02-2019

BENIN
Trans World Radio is raising money for a second transmitter at their West Africa medium wave station.
"Northern Nigeria is a spiritual battleground. For 10 years or more, radical religious movements have ravaged the land with horrific acts of violence. But there is hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We now have an opportunity to take the good news farther into Nigeria and strengthen the Church there. We're launching a powerful new 200,000-watt transmitter broadcasting hope into all of Nigeria, as well as parts of the neighboring countries of Cameroon, Benin and Niger.
We have already begun by faith, with a prayer goal of launching programming with the new transmitter by the end of 2019. The total cost of the project is $1.3 million for installation, upgraded power and antenna, and the first year of operations to reach all of Nigeria and beyond. As of Jan. 1, 2019, the remaining need for the project is $750,000.
Would you consider giving generously to the Oasis Transmitter Project today? Your gift will provide a clear radio signal to bring more evangelism programs for the lost, more discipleship programs to strengthen the Church, and more effective ministry than we’ve ever been able to bring to this region of Africa before."
https://www.twr.org/project-detail/oasis-transmitter-project (incl a 3:30 promotional video) via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (24/2-2019)


23/02-2019

U S A
1430 WION DX test early Sunday morning.
Traveling to WION, Ionia, MI tomorrow to do a bunch of PM. After midnight EST (early Sunday morning [0500 UT]), we will be doing testing at full power [4.7 kW], omni.
Work includes IPM reduction and sweeping each tower so that I can complete the design and construction of a non-resonant power divider. The current resonant tank circuit divider exhibits 4dB of sideband tilt that I currently correct using the cquam exciter. That is, of course, not ideal and we'll be broadbanding that array. WION 1430 kHz. We will complete the work with a few highly separated musical selections.
DX reports appreciated!
http://www.i1430.com/contact.html
This from Greg Buchwald via FB via Todd Skaine, MN, Feb 22, IRCA at HCDX via DXLD io group (23/2-2019)


20/02-2019

CUBA
RADIOCUBA informs in facebook that on Feb 16th "El Sapo" CTOM resumed tx. of Rebelde [1620 kHz? /ed] and COCO [980 kHz? /ed] from the new tower.
Mauricio Molano Salamanca in mwdx yg group (19/2-2019)


18/02-2019

ITALY
On Feb. 13rd Radio Milano has been heard in San Costanzo (Pesaro e Urbino/central Italy) on 1602 kHz at 0640 h UTC.
Very strong fading (SER, Radio Seagull or ERA Net are prevalent) and noise.
Alberto V, Pesaro (Italy) (18/2-2019)


16/02-2019

ITALY
Milano AM is testing the new transmitter on 1602 kHz.
Milano AM fb group (16/2-2019)


15/02-2019

ITALY
Netlit network got license for 693 kHz in 4 cities, but deleted Firenze 774 and Terni 1584. 2 tx are already on air: Milan 774 (I can confirm) and Pisa 1035 (I'll try to control).
Follow the update here
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/02/updates-italian-mw-netlit-network-adds.html
Giampiero Bernardini (15/2-2019)


14/02-2019

ITALY
Nine new MW stations are coming on air in Italy, Netlit Media Literacy Network announces on its site (click here) cities and frequencies. It is not clear which Radio will be carried on. Netlit could rebroadcast 5 radio already broadcasting on FM: Radio Città del Capo, Radio Jeans Network, Radio Informa, Radio Monterosa informa e Radio Zai Net. Or could try new radio. (Thanks to Alessandro Capra)
Netlit is linked to Radio Città del Capo and it is based in the same city: Bologna. About their project you can read also this old news: Nasce Netlit, Radio Città del Capo lancia un network nazionale.

Frequenze in Onde Medie (di imminente attivazione)
Milano 774 kHz
Firenze 774 kHz
Genova 801 kHz
Terni 1584 kHz
Varese 1584 kHz
Savona 1602 kHz
La Spezia 1602 kHz
Città di Castello 1602 kHz
Pisa 1035 kHz
Giampiero Bernadini (from https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/) (14/2-2019)

ITALY
Radio Città del Capo, historical FM radio based in Bologna, is now broadcasting also on MW on 774 kHz. It is been heard by several listeners. Alessandro Capra reported it few days ago with good signal from Lodi. I could hear it, weak, while travelling by car near Parma. The tx could be in Lombardia.
Radio Città del Capo web site https://www.radiocittadelcapo.it/
The history of Radio Città del Capo (in Italian and English) https://www.radiocittadelcapo.it/radio/
Giampiero Bernardini in WRTH fb group (14/2-2019)


13/02-2019

SWEDEN
I heard Asfalttelegrafen testing again on 1493 KHZ on Sunday 10 February around 1 am UTC.
There was just a continuous recorded announcement giving a mailing address and other contact details. There were no shows as such. It was also announcing the correct frequency on this occasion.
Dave Angell (13/02-2019)


11/02-2019

U K
Radio Caroline North returns this weekend, online via http://radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html, on Manx Radio's 1368 AM transmitter for the north and west, and on our own 648 AM transmitter for the south and east.
Join us live from our historic radioship Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater for more music memories, and more chances to win prizes from our webshop.
Your emails are welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk and remember, it's the only one that gets you straight through to us directly onboard.
http://radiocaroline.co.uk via Mike Terry, WOR io group (11/2-2019)

UNESCO World Radio Day 2019
Remember that UNESCO's annual day to celebrate radio as a medium to improve international cooperation between broadcasters is set for Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019.
This year's theme is Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace.
https://en.unesco.org/events/world-radio-day-2019
https://www.diamundialradio.org/home
https://radioinfo.com.au/news/world-radio-day-message-un-secretary-general
Ydun Ritz (11/2-2019)


10/02-2019

U K
Radio Glan Clwyd (Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhuddlan Road, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire LL18 5UJ) Wales surrendered its AM licence (1287 kHz).
Radio broadcast update January 2019 https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/ radio-broadcast-update-january-2019 05 February 2019.
The station started as a hospital cable radio station in 1976. In 2001, the station received an Low Power AM licence, which made it independent of the bedside radio. In 2012, Glan Clwyd AM received a regular community radio licence. This widened the target group from the patients on the hospital campus to an audience aged 45+ in Bodelwyddan and surrounding areas. According to information researched for the Radiokurier Dezember 2018, about 40 hours per week were broadcast live while the rest was broadcast from a computer system. The current AM licence would have run until May 2019. The web site www.radioglanclwyd.co.uk is not available any more.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (10/2-2019)


06/02-2019

SRI LANKA
BBC was heard testing [today] on 1548 kHz at 0700. Probably from Sri Lanka.
Mauno Ritola
, wrth fb group (6/2-2019)


04/02-2019

CUBA
On Jan. 27th a big twister devastated some areas of La Habana. The MW tower of El Sapo transmitting center collapsed leaving off the air REBELDE-1620 and COCO-980.
Radiocuba informs that on Jan. 28th at 08.45 local time COCO resumed transmission from the Santa Catalina CTOM on 1550 kHz. Works has already started to erect a new 60 m. tower for resuming broadcasting as soon as possible from El Sapo CTOM. (More pics on Radiocuba facebook).
73! Mauricio Molano, Salamanca SPAIN via mwdx yg (4/2-2019)


03/02-2019

INDIA
State bid to reach out to fishers at sea through AM transmission.
After the introduction of satellite phones, now the state government is exploring the possibility of reaching out to fishermen through the medium wave transmission of the All India Radio.
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2019/feb/03/state-bid-to-reach-out-to-fishers-at-sea- through-am-transmission-1933527.html
The New Indian Express (3/2-2019)


01/02-2019

JAPAN
RCC Radio's AM broadcasts cover the entire Hiroshima prefecture with RCC Radio’s AM broadcasts cover the entire Hiroshima prefecture with seven medium-wave transmitters.
Making an AM SFN architecture work over IP is new territory in Japan.
More here https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/rcc-radio-makes-the-leap-to-ip
RadioWorld.com (31/1-2019)

U K
Radio Seerah is a new multilingual Islamic community station for Leicester is due to be launched on 1575 kHz on Friday 1 February - at 23:00 UT and local time, according to the countdown clock on their website at www.radioseerah.com!
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (30/1-2019)


31/01-2019

ITALY
This to inform you that the our new radio station "National 1590" has started to transmit from the area of Pescara, central Italy, on medium waves 1359 Khz (15 watt) from 08:00 to 23:30 CET.
Any listening reports via email [nazionale1590@email.it] will be welcome.
Greetings, Nazionale 1590 (31/1-2019)


29/01-2019

SWEDEN
I have heard "Asfelt Telegrafen" from Sweden on 1494 kHz, on 27 and 28 January throughout the night time, still announcing as 1476 kHz. It is a clear channel but the signal in the UK is very weak, as they only use around 300 watts.
1476 is now occupied by “Carillon Wellbeing Radio” from Loughborough, Leicestershire, who are permitted 1 KW by Of-com but actually run less than this optimum permitted power.
Dave Angell (29/1-2019)


27/01-2019

ITALY
Italian Radio Z100 Milan AM now is broadcasting on 990 kHz. The old 828 kHz frequency is no more in use. The signal in Lodi and Milan is good. Thanks to listener Alessandro Capra.
The site is work in progress: https://radioz100milano.com/
Also on blog PlayDX https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/radio-z100-milan-am-now-on-990-
khz-ex.html

Giampiero Bernardini (26/1-2019)

SYRIA
Syrian Radio in English now [10:05 UTC] on 783 kHz.
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (24/1-2019)


24/01-2019

UKRAINE
The broadcast times of Krym.Realii quoted on 18 January do not comply with the RFE/RL-website https://ru.krymr.com/schedule/radio/103?withmediaplayer=1. This page gives a day to day programme information and might be regarded as current. Looking through the week days, you find that two times should be corrected. Unfortunately the station does not bother to mention the frequencies for all programmes:
Monday-Friday
05.35-05.59: 105.9 MHz, 549 kHz
06.03-06.29: not 03.03 (probably misprint in the original message), no frequencies given by RFE/RL
10.10-10.39: no frequencies given by RFE/RL
16.29-17.29: 105.9 MHz, 549 kHz (no broadcast listed on 11 January)
Saturday
06.40-06.59: 105.9 MHz, 549 kHz
09.00-09.19: 105.9 MHz, medium wave not mentioned
12.03-12.30: not mentioned
15.30-15.59: 105.9 MHz 549 kHz
https://ru.krymr.com/schedule/radio/103?withmediaplayer=1 via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (24/1-2019)

INDIA
Please note:
Information about closure of MW transmitters in India has so far NOT been confirmed by AIR or other authorities.
Ydun Ritz, editor mediumwave.info (24/1-2019)


20/01-2019

U S A
According to the radio discussions group for Atlanta, WMLB 1690 has been heard testing in the past few weeks.
https://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?714594-WMLB-AM-1690-Testing
Wally Leisering, WOR io group (20/1-2019)
NRC's AM Radio Log 2018-2019 says "silent 5/2018". (ed)


19/01-2019

CANADA
CBC has shut down two low powered repeaters: CBLM 1090 Marathon ON and CBEH 1010 Terrace Bay ON. Both have been replaced with a FM repeater located near Neys Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
CBC also closed CBWA Ashcroft BC 860 and CBKS Cache Creek BC 1450. Both were replaced with a higher powered FM repeater in Cache Creek.
Andy Reid (18/1-2019)

U K
Radio Caroline North broadcasting this weekend via Manx Radio on 1368 kHz.
As usual also on 648 kHz.
Thierry Moy (19/1-2019)


18/01-2019

U K
Manx Radio [1368 kHz] has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director.
Chris Sully appointed MR Managing Director January 17th, 2019 3:20pm. Chris Sully will take up the role in April, at what Chairman Bill Mummery called "a pivotal time in the development of Public Service Broadcasting".
Mr Sully has had a 28-year career with British Forces Broadcasting Services, having held station management roles in Belize, Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands and the United Kingdom.
In his leisure time he has, for a number of years, supported Radio Caroline as a presenter in a voluntary role, and is well-known to its listeners under the pseudonym Chris Pearson.
Mr Sully replaces former Managing Director Anthony Pugh, who retired after fifteen years at the helm of the organisation.
https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/chris-sully-appointed-mr-managing-director/ 17 January 2019 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (18/1-2019)

URUGUAY
1090 CX28 is now Radio María, Montevideo, ex R Imparcial. So, new owners (i.e.: the RM network, catholic rlg programming), and management. 1470 in Melo, is also theirs.
Horacio Nigro Geolkiewsky, DXing.info fb group (17/1-2019)

RUSSIA and more
Medium wave broadcasting in Russian:
Vesti fm 1413 kHz - 24 hours - 500 kW - Mayak (Pridnestrovie) (Transnistria)
World Radio Network 738 kHz - 24 hours - 5 kW - Kurkino (Moscow)
Narodnoe Radio 612 kHz - 04.00-16.00 UTC - 20 kW - Kurkino (Moscow)
Provoslavnoe Radio of St. Petersburg 828 kHz 02.00-06.00 UTC and 14.00-18.00 UTC - 10 kW Olgino (St. Petersburg)
Radio Vostok Russia 765 kHz - 21.00-12.00 UTC
Transmitters in the Khabarovsk Territory: 20 kW - Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk. 5 kW - Birch, Bikin, Bogorodskoe, Vyazemsky, De-Kastri, Krasnoye, Sovetskaya Gavan, Troitskoe, Zimmermanovka, Chegdomyn, Berry.
Radio the Word 828 kHz 06.00-14.00 UTC and 18.00-02.00 UTC - 10 kW Olgino (St. Petersburg)
Radio Maria 1053 kHz - 07.00-11.00 UTC and 15.00-19.00 UTC - 10 kW Olgino (St. Petersburg)
Radio Radonezh 612 kHz - 16.00-20.00 UTC - 20 kW - Kurkino (Moscow)
684 kHz - 04.00-21.00 UTC - 10 kW / Olgino (St. Petersburg)
Radio Teos 1035 kHz 08.00-09.00 UTC Tue, 09.00-10.00 UTC Mon, Wed - 100 kW Tartu (Estonia)
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

ABKHAZIA
Abkhaz Radio. Broadcasting in Russian 1350 kHz - 05.30-05.40 UTC Mon-Fri and 10.15-15.20 UTC Mon-Fri /-30 kW Sukhum (Abkhazia).
The start and end time of programs may vary. "Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

KYRGYZSTAN
Birinchi Radio - First Radio.
Broadcasting in Russian at different times on frequencies: 612 kHz - 150 kHz - Krasnaya Rechka (Kyrgyzstan), 4010 kHz - 100 kW - Krasnaya Rechka (Kyrgyzstan)
UTC time:
01.05-01.10 Sat
01.10-01.40 Sun
01.40-01.50 Sat
01.55-02.00 Sat, Sun
03.25-03.30 Mon-Fri
04.35-04.45 Tue
04.45-04.55 Mon, Wed
05.00-05.05 Mon-Fri
05.05-05.30 Mon-Wed
05.35-06.00 Mon
05.05-06.20 Tue
06.20-06.23 Mon-Thu
06.30-06.45 Fri
07.05-07.10 Sat, Sun
07.30-08.00 Mon-Fri
10.00-10.05 Mon-Fri
11.00-11.30 Mon-Fri
12.30-12.40 Mon-Fri
12.40-13.00 Mon-Sat
13.00-13.20 Sat
16.48-16.57 Th
17.00-17.10 Sat
17.28-17.57 Mon-Fri
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

MOLDOVA
Radio Moldova 1 - Radio Moldova Actualitati.
Broadcasting in Russian at different times on frequencies:
873 kHz - 50 kW - Chisinau (Moldova)
1494 kHz -20 kW - Edinet (Moldova)
1494 kHz - 20 kW - Cahul (Moldova)
UTC time:
21.30-22.00 sun
07.00-07.05 Thu-Tue
07.05-07.10 Mon, Tue, Thu-Sat
09.00-09.05
09.05-09.10 Mon-Fri
12.00-12.05
12.05-12.10 Mon-Fri
16.00-16.05 Wed-Fri
16.05-16.10 Wed, Fri-Mon
18.35-18.55 W, Wed
19.00-19.05 Wed-Sat
05/19/19.30 Wed-Fri
19.15-19.45 Tue
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

TRANSNISTRIA
Radio 1 Plus.
Broadcasting in Russian:
621 kHz - 04.00-06.18 UTC Mon-Fri - 150 kW / Lighthouse (Transnistria).
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

UKRAINE
Ukrainian radio 1.
Radio Crimea Realia is a joint project of Radio Liberty and the First Ukrainian Radio. Broadcasting in Russian in the direction of Crimea:
549 kHz - 400 kW Beam (Ukraine)
873 kHz - 25 kW Hours Yar (Ukraine)
UTC time:
05.35-05.59 Mon-Fri
03.03-06.29 Mon-Fri
06.40-06.59 Sat
09.00-09.19 Sat
10.10-10.39 Mon-Fri
12.03-12.30 Sat
15.30-15.59 Sat
16.29-17.29 Mon-Fri
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

ESTONIA
Radio Eli broadcasting in Russian:
1035 kHz - 100 kW Tartu (Estonia)
UTC time:
21.00-03.00
05.00-09.00
09.00-10.00 Tue, Thu-Sun,
10.00-17.00
17.00-18.00 Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun
20.00-21.00
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

ARMENIA
Trans World Radio in Russian listened on January 2 from 16.40 UTC on medium waves of 864 kHz with the program “Path to Truth”, at the end they announced the address in Bishkek (they used to give one in Kazakhstan).
Rumen Pankov, Sofia, Bulgaria in "US-DX" # 1011, 13 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

MOLDOVA
Radio Moldova Actualitati transmits on average waves at 873 and 1494 kHz every day from 03.5–20.00 UTC, and on Mondays from 03.50–21.00 UTC, and on FM 24 hours. Programs in Russian on medium waves:
Radio magazine with news and weather forecast every day at 07.00-07.10, 16.00-1610, 12.00-12.10 UTC (on Saturdays and Sundays only until 12.05 UTC). News and weather forecast for 09.00-0910 UTC (on Saturdays and Sundays until 09.05 UTC.
Cultural space on Tuesdays and Russian House on Wednesdays at 18.35-18.55 UTC.
Panorama of the events of the day, news and weather forecast from Monday to Friday at 19.00-19.15 UTC. Transnistrian dialogues / Radio Free Europe program from a studio in Prague / on Mondays at 7.15-19.45 pm.
Schedule compiled after hearing in late December and January.
Rumen Pankov, Sofia, Bulgaria in "US-DX" # 1011, 13 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)


15/01-2019

U K
Carillon Wellbeing Radio began regular broadcasting on 1476 KHZ on Monday 14 January. They play a mixture of contemporary and oldies music, of an eclectic nature, and also give advice on staying healthy. They broadcast four hours of live shows each day, and the rest are pre-recorded.
The power allowed by Of-com is 1 KW, however they run considerably less than this nevertheless it is still an excellent signal here in Leicestershire – the target listening area. It should be audible over night during the Winter months around Northern Europe as the channel is very clear.
There is to be an official on air opening celebration sometime in March.
Dave Angell (15/01-2019)


14/01-2019

CANADA
New call letters for 539 AM in Brampton.
Evanov has changed the call letters at Multilingual AM 530 in Brampton-Toronto from CIAO to CHLO. The significance of the move is unknown, but CIAO is generally an Italian greeting term. Italian programming on AM 530 has been reduced to just a few hours on the weekends now. The CHLO calls were in St. Thomas, Ontario at 680 and 1570 from 1948 to 1994 (now CFHK 103.1).
Thanks to John Rieger for the tip.
Canadian Radio News fb group (13/1-2019)


12/01-2019

CANADA
While tuning the LF bands, I noted a Spanish speaking station on 530 kHz. According to most sources this probably was Radio Encilopedia in Cuba. Well, after listening awhile to its great mood music, it ID'd as Radio 530 in English.
It does have a web site https://www.am530.ca/aboutus.html. It can also be found on an internet stream. More technical info in the FCC database.
It is located in Brampton/Toronto Canada with power of 1 kW (day), 250 Watts (night).
It is easily heard at my location in the evenings as my home is only several hundred miles from Toronto.
Charles Gessner via WOR Groups.Io (12/1-2019)


11/01-2019

FRANCE
The french station Radio Atlantic 2000 International will be on the air Saturday 12th January on MW 833 kHz at 0900 to 2000 UTC. To be repeated Sunday 13th same time.
They don't say where is the transporter with this strange fréquence...
Christian Ghibaudo (11/1-2019)


09/01-2019

NETHERLANDS
I got this sent to me. The transmitter site at Zeewolde, NL which had housed 1008kHz Groot Nieuws transmitter is no more.
https://www.omroepflevoland.nl/nieuws/167123/live-zendmasten-worden-opgeblazen
Jordan Heyburn, dxing.info fb group (9/1-2019)

NETHERLANDS
1008 kHz closedown.
It was 12:27 CET when the fourth attempt succeeded. Joke of the day is that they should, to do it in style, have opblazen one mast at 7:47 and the other at 10:08 ...
Kai Ludwig, WOR io group (9/1-2019)


08/01-2019

U K
The broadcasting licences of the following medium wave stations were extended for five years:
558 kHz Greater London: Love Sport (A Spokesman Said Limited)
1161 kHz Dundee: Tay 2 (Radio Tay Limited)
1359 kHz Coventry: Greatest Hits Radio (Orion Media Limited)
1584 kHz Perth: Tay 2 (Radio Tay Limited)
Otherwise they would have ended on 31 December 2019 (!).
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast- update-december-2018 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (8/1-2019)


07/01-2019

INDIA
All India Radio National Channel seems to continue today as before, so seems, that the closure wasn't as immediate as was reported. Does anyone know the exact closing date or has the closure been cancelled?
http://allindiaradio.gov.in/Services/National%20Channel/Pages/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3LScNDWbldIf94hT5c-k1KoPODExEFHdbkWae881VlrNcHygZQGiaJwYk
Mauno Ritola, wrth fb group (7/1-2019)

U K
828kHz: Radio Aire 2 (Morley) (Greatest Hits Radio (West Yorkshire))
990kHz: Hallam 2 (Crimpsell) (Greatest Hits Radio (South Yorkshire))
999kHz: Rock FM 2 (Longton) (Greatest Hits Radio (Lancashire))
1152kHz: Key 2 (Ashton Moss) (Greatest Hits Radio (Manchester))
1152kHz: Metro Radio 2 (Greenside) (Greatest Hits Radio (North East) (Tyne and Wear))
1161kHz: Viking 2 (Goxhill Neatgangs Lane) (Greatest Hits Radio (East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire))
1170kHz: TFM 2 (Stockton-on-Tees) (Greatest Hits Radio (North East) (Teeside))
1305kHz: Hallam 2 (Ardsley) (Greatest Hits Radio (South Yorkshire))
1548kHz: Hallam 2 (Skew Hill) (Greatest Hits Radio (South Yorkshire))
along with 105.9 MHz Allerton Park (Greatest Hits Radio (Liverpool) and 105.2 MHz Sutton Coldfield (Greatest Hits Radio (West Midlands).
Officially these changes happened at 2200 UTC on 6 Jan with automated music and news on the hour. Full programming began at 0600 on 7 Jan on all frequencies listed.
Absolute Classic Rock started fully at 1802 UTC on 6 Jan.
James Robinson (7/1-2019)

U K
Confirmed Medium Wave changes today since 1802 UTC:
990 kHz Sedgely - Absolute Classic Rock.
1017 kHz Shrewsbury - Absolute Classic Rock.
1152 kHz Langley Mill-A - Absolute Classic Rock.
1359 kHz Shilton - Greatest Hits Radio (Coventry and Warwiskshire).
James Robinson (6/1-2019)


06/01-2019

AUSTRALIA
1503 KHz 2BS Bathurst permanent closure and was noted off air this week.
First notable new evening regular reception is Radio Sport Christchurch, NZ. This is received on just the Sangean PR-D15 portable with internal antenna. 1500 KHz Hawaii now has a better chance of being received in AM mode, and finally clear of strong 2BS adjacent channel interference.
Todd, Sydney, AUS in ICDX-AM yg (5/1-2019)


05/01-2019

CANADA
VOAR 1210 IN ST. JOHN'S IS NOW TESTING ON 96.7.
Shane Cashin passes on word that VOAR 1210 in St. John's is in the process of flipping to 96.7 FM:
"VOAR out of St. John’s has been testing their signal since before December 25th. The frequency is 96.7 with a 100KW signal making them one of a few Christian radio stations in Canada to pump out such a strong signal.
Some interesting info here was that it will be the first AM to FM transition to take place in St. John’s ever. While CHVO in Carbonear flipped from 560AM to 103.9FM in 2008, CHVO has very spotty coverage in the St. John’s market. While over the past 20 years almost every market in the Atlantic Provinces has at least 1 conversion, St. John’s has had none up until now."
Canadian Radio News fb group (4/1-2019)

U S A
KDYL South Salt Lake, UT 1060 kHz has dropped CRI on the 31st December 2018 and carries now Radio Unica.
Heard in Lemmenjoki, North Finland today for more than 5 hours.
Jim Solatie, dxing.info fb group (1/1-2019)


04/01-2019

INDIA
AIR National Channel to close down with immediate effect. Thanks to Mr. K. Raja Raja for the flash news. National Channel schedule is 6.50 pm to 6.10 am IST (1320 to 0040 UTC).
Present frequencies:
1215 kHz New Delhi 20 kW
1566 kHz Nagpur 1000 kW
9380 kHz Aligarh 250 kW
http://www.allindiaradio.gov.in/Oppurtunities/Tenders/Documents/National%20channel%
2003122018.pdf

http://www.allindiaradio.gov.in/Services/National%20Channel/Pages/Default.aspx
Yours sincerely, Jose Jacob, India, via WOR group io (4/1-2019)

NETHERLANDS
The open carrier on 1008 kHz was in fact shut down at 2257 UTC.
Here is a recording from 2128 to 2133 UTC, including the farewell song:
https://www.mwlist.org/sounds/2019-01-03T21_28_52Z_1008.00_am_kiwi-sdr2-leiden.impactam.nl_FAREWELL.mp3
Alexander Busneag, WOR groups io (4/1-2019)

Groot Nieuws Radio 1008 khz info after they went off air:
https://vocaroo.com/i/s1VseqWE5bUe dutch voice says "you can not hear us any more on 1008 khz, you need to tune to DAB radio or the satellite".
Herman Content (1/1-2019)


03/01-2019

BELGIUM / NETHERLANDS
RTBF La Première has stopped broadcasting yesterday after the 1900z news. The last sound heard on 621 kHz was La Brabançonne in an instrumental version. According to the Twente webSDR waterfall archive, the blank carrier continued until 1940z. During the last months it used to stay on all the night long, and I was told that stations sometimes do so in order to mark the frequency as unavailable for other (pirate?) broadcasts.
I could not receive Vivacité (1125 kHz) yesterday because of bad propagation.
The 1008 kHz transmitter (ex-Grootnieuws radio) switched to a loop announcement at 0000z.
The last minutes of both RTBF broadcasts have been recorded by an SWL and uploaded here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxfLCLzFiGs
Vincent (1/1-2019)


31/12-2018

LAST DAY - BELGIUM / NETHERLANDS
Today -December 31st - will be the last day for French speaking RTBF on 621 kHz and 1125 kHz. Closing down at midnight. The same is going to happen with Groot Nieuws Radio on 1008 kHz.
Ydun Ritz (31/12-2018)


27/12-2018

NETHERLANDS
Pirate station Radio Igloo (programs produced in western Sweden) was heard December 18th via Radio Bluebird near Groningen HOL on 1633 kHz.
Before and after the Radio Igloo px was heard Radio Bluebird's own programming.
Karl Erik Stridh, NORDX yg (27/12-2018)

U K
Affective from Christmas Day, the following stations are now not identifying with a name, but instead advising that "The Good Times are Coming.
Greatest Hits Radio launches on January 7th. No station name is broadcast in station IDs since Christmas Day on the following frequencies and transmitters only:
828kHz: Radio Aire 2 (Morley)
990kHz: Hallam 2 (Crimpsell)
999kHz: Rock FM 2 (Longton)
1152kHz: Key 2 (Ashton Moss) (NB this station has been "Key Radio" since 4 June 2018)
1152kHz: Metro Radio 2 (Greenside)
1161kHz: Viking 2 (Goxhill Neatgangs Lane)
1170kHz: TFM 2 (Stockton-on-Tees)
1305kHz: Hallam 2 (Ardsley)
1548kHz: Hallam 2 (Skew Hill)
Plus on 105.9 VHF from Allerton Park.
On 105.9 from Sutton Coldfield, "Greatest Hits Christmas" has been on since 17 December. This will also take Greatest Hits Radio as previously reported. No Scottish stations have been affected by this change.
James Robinson (26/12-2018)


22/12-2018

ICELAND
Winter solstice bandscan 2018.
Slight drizzle tonight, but I went outside around 2115Z with the Panasonic tranny anyway. Erm… I forgot to check the LW band… for the most part, anyway. I did check 198 kHz, which sounded distorted around that time. I think it was crossover distortion, not clipping.
Now, the MW band. It was open, to put it very mildly; almost as full of signals as it used to be before the shutdowns began.
Spanish-sounding stations, Middle-East-sounding stations, Russian-sounding stations, there were very few channels without at least a weak carrier.
Kringvarpid came in strong on 531 kHz, which it rarely does on the Panny tranny. There were voices that, to me, sound Finnish or Estonian on 540 kHz, but which were most likely Radio Kossuth in Hungary. On 1008 kHz I had Dutch or Flemish words, which I presume were Grootnieuws Radio.
Talk Sport on 1053 and 1089 kHz could do with checking their audio delays on both frequencies. Smooth Radio came in well on 1152/1161/1170 kHz with 1161 as the clearest frequency. Absolute Radio’s remaining relays on 1197/1233/1242 kHz were weak here. Had to compare with 1215 kHz to ID them. BBC Radio 4 on 1449 kHz came in well with a very clear sound. Much easier to follow the speculations on monotheism on that frequency.
Anyway, this is about all I can recall from that walk.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (21/12-2018)


20/12-2018

U K
This from emails to Swedish dxers Karl-Erik Stridh and Staffan Crona:
"Thanks for your report on the reception of CWR (Carillon Wellbeing Radio) on 1476kHz AM.
I can confirm that your report is correct and it was indeed us that you have been tuned into.
Reception reports are extremely valuable to us and do help considerably in aligning equipment and aerials, especially at a new location here in Coalville, Leicestershire.
The antenna design is something that we have not tried before and is constructed based upon the ideas from Radio Caroline some years ago on the Ross Revenge. The aerial is helical in construction, 23.8 metres high made from fibre glass and is totally self supporting. It is top loaded by capacitance hat and tuned by two internal coils. Hopefully it will prove fit for purpose and we are watching it very closely over twenty eight consecutive testing days.
The transmitter is of a conventional design consisting of two rigs into a combiner."
NORDX yg (20/12-2018)


18/12-2018

CANADA
Acadia Broadcasting has applied to convert CKDR-3 1450 AM in Hudson, Ontario to 97.5 FM. The new station will operate with 27 watts. Antenna height will be 19.6 metres with a non-directional radiation pattern. CKDR-3 simulcasts CKDR 92.7 from Dryden.
Canadian Radio News FB group (18/12-2018)

U K
Wellbeing Radio, Loughborough, a sister station to hospital radio Carillion Radio, has begun testing today on 1476 kHz.
Licens for up to 1 kW permitted.
Karl-Erik Stridh, NORDX yg (17/12-2018)
Heard this morning near Herning, Jutland DNK: see Loggings. (Ed)


17/12-2018

BELGIUM
RTBF 621 kHz - Since this morning 0459z, the following message is broadcast at the end of each hour on 621 kHz:
"À compter du 31 décembre, La Première va cesser d'émettre en ondes moyennes. Pour continuer à nous écouter, basculez votre récepteur radio en FM sur la fréquence de votre ville. Vous pouvez également nous écouter en direct en DAB+, via l'application radio player, ou sur auvio."
"From December the 31st, La Première will cease transmitting on the medium wave. In order to continue listening to us, switch your radio reciever to FM on your city's frequency. You can also listen to us live on DAB+, through radio player app, or auvio."
The message seems to be only broadcast on MW, as it is followed by the end of the advertisement. Curiously, the second sentence is (almost) the same as in Allouis's equivalent announcement in December 2016.
I did not hear any such message on VivaCité (1125 kHz); neither did I find any information about the time of the last transmission, so I can only suppose that La Première will become silent at 1905z (20:5 local) as usual.
RTBF's website mentions the possibility to listen to RTBF international through Atlantic Bird 3 satellite:
https://www.rtbf.be/entreprise/recevoir-la-rtbf, but wikipedia says that this satellite should be replaced in 2019.
73 Vincent F4HPZ (17/12-2018)

GERMANY
While regular medium wave broadcasting stopped in Germany, there is a number of low power AM stations coming on the air in Bavaria.
As far as I know, there are now stations in Cham (Oberpfalz), Erlangen-Tennenlohe (Mittelfranken), München (Oberbayern) and Wertingen (Schwaben). People who read German or can figure out what a google translation gives may want to read some info about the stations in Cham (801 kHz) and Munich (1500 kHz) at https://www.radiomuseum.org/museum/d/das-rundfunkmuseum-cham/. There you will also find a comment on the strange frequency selection for Munich. It is also seen as an example of incompetence on the side of the German frequency regulator.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/12-2018)


14/12-2018

SWEDEN
Hello there, AM radio listeners!
I would like to thank you all for the response you have sent me, regarding my radio station Asfalttelegrafen on 1593 kHz. Some people say my station has already made history, not only because I am a private person transmitting on medium wave, but also because of the fact that The National Library of Sweden requires copies of my broadcasts. I think that is kind of cool. :)
The thing is, I had been thinking for a while about developing my interest in medium wave and applying for a temporary broadcast license on the mediun wave band. I wanted to start a local radio station and broadcast mainly rock music combined with political messages, in connection with the Swedish general election which took place in September. I wanted to play music that is usually not played on mainstream radio stations. A contemporary version of Radio Luxembourg, Caroline, Seagull, 10 Gold etcera, if you will. I also wanted to include some Nordic rock that is usually unheard of. I made it happen, and it turns out this project was a success.
Therefore I am happy to inform you that I will broadcast again! Please note, that this time around I will be broadcasting on another frequency, 1476 kHz = 203 meters. I believe that 1476 will be a better frequency because of less interference coming from other radio stations in the EU. When I was transmitting on 1593 kHz, I was "outrivaled" by French and Romanian stations. A listener in southern Sweden suggested that I should consider 1476 kHz for my next broadcast project. I thought that was a good idea so I immediately started to plan for how to optimize my antenna for the new frequency. Although, Egypt and Iran are actually transmitting on 1476 kHz as well...
Anyhow, I once again applied for a new license with the Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority and The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, and it was recently approved.
Here in Sweden it is dual license process for temporary broadcasts.
On December 26th 2018 to January 8th 2019, Asfalttelegrafen is back on air on 1476 kHz with 330 watt with plenty of rock music in a medium wave radio near you!
Stay tuned!
Best regards, Torleif Roos, Asfalttelegrafen. Boraas Sweden, 1476amsweden@gmail.com (14/12-2018)


13/12-2018

U K
The new radio station located in South-west Leicestershire “Carrillon Wellbeing Radio” begins their official test transmissions on Monday 17 December on 1476 kHz as the Ofcom licence officially begins on that date. It will continue for 28 days.
Maximum power permitted is 1 KW. It should have a good coverage and be audible after dark for a considerable distance due to Winter sky wave propagation.
Dave Angell (13/12-2018)


07/12-2018

U K
Following up on an earlier post on Rookwood Sound (Cardiff 945 kHz), I noted earlier references (2011 and 2012) that this hospital radio used an induction loop for broadcasting. So reception is/would have been possible on location only.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/12-2018)
Thank you for this update, Hansjoerg Biener. Ed.


06/12-2018

U K
A five year renewal has been granted to the following medium wave stations of Global Radio (AM) Limited:
Bournemouth (Smooth Radio)
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/analogue/al000025ba5smoothradio.htm
828 KHz - Bournemouth
On Air From: 15-09-1980 to: 31-12-2023.
Cardiff and Newport (Smooth Radio)
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/analogue/al000019ba6smoothradio.htm
1305 KHz - Newport
1359 KHz - Cardiff
On Air From: 15-07-1990 to: 31-12-2023.
Peterborough (Smooth Radio)
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/analogue/al000023ba5smoothradio.htm
1332 KHz - Peterborough
On Air From: 10-07-1980 to: 31-12-2023.
Southend and Chelmsford (Smooth Radio)
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/analogue/al000005ba5smoothradio.htm
1359 KHz - Chelmsford
1431 KHz - Southend
On Air From: 16-07-1989 to: 31-12-2023.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-november -2018 4 December 2018 and additional information via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/12-2018)

NETHERLANDS
December 31st, 2018 will be the last day for Groot Nieuws Radio on MW1008 kHz . This from its website with a google translation:
"It is December 2018, the very very last month that Groot Nieuws Radio can be heard through the medium wave on 1008 AM.
From 1 January you can only receive the Christian radio station digitally: via internet, DAB + or interactive TV. We hope that no listener stays behind and should miss Groot Nieuws Radio."
https://www.grootnieuwsradio.nl/ Dec. 1st via Ydun Ritz (6/12-2018)

BELGIUM
December 31st it is  the very last day of French speaking RTBF International on 621 kHz (300kW) from Wavre. 1125 kHz in Houdeng transmitting the "Vivacité" px will also close on the last day of 2018.
From January 1st RTBF will switch to DAB+.
Ydun Ritz (6/12-2018)

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03/12-2018

U K
Although I conducted a project on LPAMs this August, I did not stumble across this station. Thanks for mentioning it.
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/rsls/longterm-rsls/lrsl000043ba1rookwoodsoundhospital radio.htm suggests that the licence expired recently, but Ofcom's data may not be up to date.
Rookwood Sound Hospital Radio
Frequency: 945 KHz
Establishment:
Type: AM
On Air From: 01-01-1999
to: 31-12-2018
General Enquiries:
General Enquiries (email):
Licence Number: LRSL000043BA/1
http://www.rookwoodsound.co.uk/ mentions medium wave without understanding it:
"30 Years of Rookwood Sound – filling the airwaves with music and pleasure,entertaining patients, visitors and staff at the University Hospital Llandough and Rookwood Hospital in Llandaff. Staying in hospital can be a very lonely time for patients. Hospital radio has proved to be beneficial, lifting patients’ moods and aiding recovery. Hear us at your bedside on channels 1 and A at Llandough, and 9:45AM [sic!] at Rookwood Hospital. Also on your mobile via the free Tunein app."
http://www.rookwoodsound.co.uk/history/ does not mention medium wave.
Dr Hansjoerg Bienerspan> (3/12-2018)


02/12-2018

U K
Rookwood Sound is a Hospital Radio station for Rookwood Hospital, Cardiff. It seems to be missing from 945MW. I believe it covered a small area around the grounds and homes.
There's not been any news on it dropping the MW license. Maybe I've missed something?
James Vincent (2/12-2018)


01/12-2018

FRANCE / MONACO
TWR, Roumoules 1467 kHz. From January 1st 2019, TWR Polska in Polish will be broadcast ONLY Monday to Friday from 2045-2115 UTC.
Christian Ghibaudo (1/12-2018)


29/11-2018

ITALY
On 1602 kHz is active Radio Milano, North Italy.
Web http://www.radiomilano1602.it
Ciao Giampiero Bernardini (29/11-2018)

U K
Manx Radio: For the last few days its reported that due to ongoing maintenance 1368 kHz has only been running at 600 watts during weekdays, higher power at weekend.
Reception is poor here - anyone have any more details?
Mike Terry to WOR io group (28/11-2018)


24/11-2018-2018

LF/MF BROADCASTING GE 75
Today, 23 november 2018, is the 40th anniversary of the Geneva-plan for mediumwave (GE75). The plan came into effect on 23 november 1978 at 00.01 hours GMT.
Piet van der Vooren (23/11-2018)
Those frequencies were affected:
LF: 150-285 kHz
MF: 525-1605 kHz
As a result of the plan most medium wave (and later longwave) stations outside North and South America operate on exact multiples of 9 kHz; the sum of all digits of the frequency will be 9 or a multiple of 9.
https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/terrestrial/broadcast/PublishingImages/bcd%20images/GE75big.jpg
Ydun Ritz (24/11-2018)


23/11-2018

JAPAN
774 JOUB Akita, Japan is now with Russian lang. program.
I am at this moment tuned into a remarkably strong (better than 770 now!) with a program in Russian at 1350 UT - 23 November 2018 in Keeler, California in the Owens Valley. This is the first time I have heard anything other than English language-lesson programs or other programs in Japanese. As such I now wonder if NHK-2 stations are now (or occasionally?) going to be "foreign services."
774 JOUB is now is S3 to 4 just on a Tecsun AN-200 loop to my vintage 1981 Realistic DX-200 - I have partially nulled the very-annoying Reno KKOH 780, and Japan 774 is really in-the-clear right now - a rarity!
Steve McGreevy, N6NKS via WOR io group (23/11-2018)


22/11-2018

SWEDEN
Asfaltstelegrafen in Boraas will be on air again from December 26th after 15:00 UTC till January 8th, 2019. This time on new frequency 1476 kHz with 330 watt. Old frequency was 1593 kHz. Reports to 1476amsweden@gmail.com
Torleif Roos via Kari Kallio (22/11-2018)


19/11-2018

ARMENIA
Test broadcasting TWR.
From November 26 to November 29, TWR conducts testing of the broadcast at a frequency of 1377 kHz, time 15.50 - 16.20 UTC. The program will be recorded in the air in Russian "Through the pages of the Bible" or "Book of Books" with inserts of the call signs TWR. The orientation is Central Asia, Altai, the southern part of the Urals and Siberia.
Those interested can send quality reviews (or excerpts of records) to my address from which this announcement was sent.
Vasily Gulyaev, Astrakhan, Russia / "deneb-radio-dx" and “open_dx”. Email: dx.russia [A] gmail.com
1377 kHz - 1000 kW - Gavar, Armenia (WRTH 2018)
Bulletin “RUS-DX PLUS” via Anatoly Klepov (19/11-2018)


18/11-2018

NETHERLANDS
Radio Seagull is online 24/7. The 747 kHz transmitter is on air from the ship "Jenny Baynton" 24/7 with Seagull programmes between 19:00. and 07:00. The 1602 kHz transmitter is at Pietersbierum, with Seagull programmes at the same time.
Radio Seagull Live FB group (18/11-2018)

U K
Radio Caroline North is back on air next weekend Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th with Manx Radio on 1368 and 648 AM and online.
Mike Terry in MWC FB group (18/11-2018)


16/11-2018

U K
The following stations will change to "Greatest Hits Radio" as from 7 January 2019. (transmitters in brackets). Powers have not changed.
828kHz: Radio Aire 2 (Morley)
990kHz: Hallam 2 (Crimpsell)
999kHz: Rock FM 2 (Longton)
1152kHz: Key 2 (Ashton Moss) (NB this station has been "Key Radio" since 4 June 2018)
1152kHz: Metro Radio 2 (Greenside)
1161kHz: Viking 2 (Goxhill Neatgangs Lane)
1170kHz: TFM 2 (Stockton-on-Tees)
1305kHz: Hallam 2 (Ardsley)>
1359kHz: Free Radio 80s (Shilton)
1548kHz: Hallam 2 (Skew Hill)
plus these two VHF stations:
105.2MHz: Absolute Radio (Sutton Coldfield) and 105.9MHz: Radio City 2 (Allerton Park)

The following stations will change to "Absolute Classic Rock" from 7 January 2019
990kHz: Free Radio 80s (Sedgley)
1017kHz: Free Radio 80s (Shrewsbury)
1152kHz: Free Radio 80s (Langley Mill-A)

Stations in Scotland are not changing their name - only the England stations are, even though the Scottish stations will still be a part of the Greatest Hits Radio network.
James Robinson (16/11-2018)

U S A
KKXX-930 Paradise CA.
KKXX Radio towers and facilities have burned and temporarily are cut off from utilities and telco, with all communications and power down. Please listen to KKXX online at https://tunein.com/radio/KKXX-930-s33636/ over-the-air at 103.9 FM and on our listen-live phone number at 605-477-2867 provided by Audio Now.
http://chicochristianradio.com/index119.htm via NORDX yg (15/11-2018)


15/11-2018

U K
Bauer to relaunch its AM-stations in January. Although the individual stations are not mentioned in the press release, AM is mentioned as one of the many platforms "Greatest Hits Radio" will be on:
"NOVEMBER 15TH, 2018 Following hot on the heels of the launch of Hits Radio, Bauer Media is set to launch another national radio brand – Greatest Hits Radio.
Greatest Hits Radio will engage an audience who are loving life more than ever before, and this new launch perfectly complements its sister national radio station ‘Hits Radio’, both stations will sit within the Hits Radio Network.
The station will play the biggest songs of the '70s, '80s and '90s, listeners will discover an upbeat, authentic, fun and entertaining format where ‘Good Times Sound Like This’. Celebrating music from artists like Blondie, Queen, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, Elton John and Michael Jackson.
Greatest Hits Radio has its roots in deep audience insight combined with world-class programming expertise. It has been tailored to engage an audience of ‘Reclaimers’. These 40-59-year olds are ageless in attitude and seeking a station which evokes an emotional and palpable connection – partly because the songs they will hear will be a part of the fabric of their formative years, and partly because the presenters share their passions – for music and for finding the joy in every corner of life.
Greatest Hits Radio will be available on national DAB, FM in the West Midlands and Liverpool, AM, online, and on mobile devices. Advertisers will be able to access this valuable and scaled audience nationally, regionally or locally.
Commenting on the launch, Simon Kilby Group Commercial Director said, “Greatest Hits Radio meets a clear gap in the market for a distinctive and energetic station which authentically connects with the listeners’ mindsets, combined with a powerful ability to transform their mood. This attractive audience can now be accessed by commercial partners in a new simple proposition”.
Greatest Hits Radio launches on January 7th 2019."
https://www.bauermedia.co.uk/newsroom/press-releases/bauer-media-to-launch-the-greatest-hits-radio-network
via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener 15 November 2018)


14/11-2018

NETHERLANDS
Groot Nieuws Radio 1008 kHz will close down om December 31st 2018.
https://www.grootnieuwsradio.nl/k/n663/news/view/113366/86103/zo-luister-je-thuis-(digitaal)-naar-groot-nieuws-radio.html
Kari Kallio, FIN (14/11-2018)


12/11-2018

U K
1685 kHz pirate became cleared up
"Hello Kari. Thanks for your report and your investigations. The programme you heard was actually a Ghoul offering, broadcast as part of an experiment by our Engineer. He is working on his medium wave antenna system. The TX power is usually quite low - around 30-35W.
So congratulations on noticing this! There will probably be more weekend tests like this."
QSL Helper in an email to Kari Kallio (12/11-2018)

LATVIA
Radio Center.
Our next test transmission from Riga, Latvia is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 2018 at 03:00-05:00 UTC on AM1485.
Andrey Nekrasov, USA / Russia in wrth fb group via Anatoly Klepov (12/11-2018)

LITHUANIA
Radio Baltic Waves International Viesintos 1386 kHz 75 kW B18, UTC
16:30-17:00 Radio Poland, Polish
17:00-17:30 Radio Poland, Russian
17:30-18:00 NHK World Japan, Russian
18:00-19:00 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russian
19:00-19:30 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Belarusian
19:30-03:00 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russian
03:00-03:30 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Belarusian
03:30-04:00 NHK World Japan, Russian
04:00-05:00 Radio Poland, Belarusian
Rimantas Pleikys, Lithuania, forwarded Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan / “deneb-radio-dx" via Anatoly Klepov (12/11-2018)

U K
The 10th Nov at 19:00 UTC several listeners by the Twente sdr receiver did hear a British pirate (?) on 1685 kHz! So, I decided to run through round as many UK-sdr-stations as possible in order come closer to it... and I managed to do that! Via G3PWJ-SDR-receiver the signal rose up to S9 with a clear audio. Via Twente sdr its signal was round S7 and the audio was "misty". In the program there were two jolly chaps in the wild feelings; one of them shouted unrestrainedly and the second one - he read poetry! Naturally among the very odd music...:)
The transmission ended very suddenly like cut with the knife; therefore it may have been some relay transmission of those many "free" internet radios in that country.
Kari Kallio, Lahti, Finland (11/11-2018)


11/11-2018

GERMANY
Reactivation of 1476 kHz.
After the sad demise of all LW and MW broadcasts in Germany, a handful of pioneers came up who are operating legal low-powered medium wave stations in the context of a radio museum or for educational purposes. One of them is Ralph (DL2NDO, one of the participants in the legendary Donebach 137 kHz activation in 2002). He has obtained a transmitting license for 1476 kHz (former frequency of Vienna Bisamberg), built a 3 Watt AM transmitter, and with the help of a small team raised a quarterwave antenna on the Fraunhofer premises south of Erlangen (JN59MN21HF).
Yesterday they got on air for the first time, running a preliminary test transmission consisting of a switched 1000 Hz beeps (one second on, one second off, audio frequency locked to the RF carrier). This pattern will be continued for a few days, before they will eventually.take over the audio from the local DAB student radio "funklust".
The current test pattern is relatively easy to make out in the noise so it may be a good chance for some DX detections. At night we've actually heard the beeps on Twente SDR and a couple of German Kiwi-SDRs. But I guess using narrowband signal processing techniques, the carrier and coherent tones coud make it much further.
The carrier frequency is derived from an OCXO and is currently at 1476000.411 Hz.
A-DX Mailing-List November 9th (11/11-2018)


07/11-2018

UNID
On Saturday 03 November I heard the same unidentified signal on 1476 kHz around 1100 HRs UTC, which I had heard on 15 October, playing continuous rock and pop music for around an hour. It then disappeared. On Monday 05 November there was just a carrier which disappeared after around 45 minutes at 1200 HRS UTC. Tuesday 06 November the signal is returned with just a carrier at around 11:45 UTC. No modulation. The carrier is on today (7/11) with no modulation! The time is 10 AM GMT.
I think it could be the Leicester Licence "Wellbeing Radio", but as there has been nothing official announced and no on-air announcements we need to watch this space.
Dave Angell (07/11-2018)


06/11-2018

U K
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted a five year renewal of the broadcasting licence to the following medium wave stations:
1035 kHz West Sound Ayr (West Sound Radio Limited)
1152 kHz LBC London News (LBC Radio Limited)
Otherwise the licences would have ended on 15 October and 7 October 2019 respectively.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-october-2018
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/11-2018)

U K
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted a format change of three Bauer stations which results in a swap of formats from AM to FM and vice versa.

West Midlands FM licence
- The old 'Character of Service' was: "A rock-orientated station combining new music with classic album tracks aimed at 25-44 year-olds."
- The new 'Character of Service' is: "A classic pop hits service with local news and information aimed primarily at the over-30s in the West Midlands."

Birmingham AM licence (1152 kHz Birmingham)
- The old 'Character of Service' was: "A classic pop hits station, with local information and occasional local sports coverage, targeted primarily at 35-54 year-olds in the Birmingham area."
- The new 'Character of Service' is: "A classic rock music station for listeners in the Birmingham area."

Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Telford licence (990 kHz Wolverhampton, 1017 kHz Shrewsbury and Telford)
- The old 'Character of Service' was: "A classic pop hits station, with local information and occasional local sports coverage, targeted primarily at 35-54 year-olds in the Wolverhampton area."
- The new 'Character of Service' is: "A classic rock music station for listeners in the Wolverhampton and Shropshire area."
In Ofcom’s view, the proposals from Bauer affected the core nature of each station’s programming. So a consultation was held. Finally, Ofcom agreed to these changes because in each case one of the relevant statutory criteria necessary was met and because different standards apply to AM stations. More detailed information is found at this URL:
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/125261/Bauer-Radio-West-Midlands-statement.pdf
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-october-2018
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/11-2018)


04/11-2018

SPAIN
Good news. Since yesterday 03.11.2018 in the morning, has been reactivated with the usual strenght, EAJ-29 Radio Intercontinental, Madrid, 327 meters, 918 kHz. It was disclosed by third parts, through twitter and forums, that the reason of such break in the signal happened due that the transmitting plant was vandalized by thieves who looted the cooper along with diverse damage in the facility done by those individuals. Some program conductors of the station said that the signal would return maybe on mid november.
During those days, since 23.09.2018, it was working only with the exciter, not the amplifier, so the signal was ¼ kW or so. The last month on night hours I achieved, outside home, at the car, to receive the carrier very tiny, with the traditional unstable beating noise tone (which still continues). Now, from my observations of the yesterday's evening, the strenght is as used to be many years ago, like five or ten. SINPO 43322 in my QTH, Valencia, 350 km. or so from the antenna center at 21 UTC. A Strong modulation as never, even ten years ago (reason could be a change in the link between tx and studios) and the heavy fading of always.
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia, Kingdom of Spain (4/11-2018)


03/11-2018

ITALY
A new Italian station on air: Radio Milano 1602 AM.
Radio Milano 1602 AM con buon segnale (nonostante il QRM urbano) in diverse zone di Milano con l'autoradio, ieri sera verso mezzanotte e oggi verso le 15.30 locali. Ottimo in piazza Libia (zona Porta Romana per capirsi). Pessimo invece in zona Stazione Centrale, impestata dal noise elettrico.
Ciao, Giampiero Bernardini in WRTH fb group (2/11-2018)


28/10-2018

CHAD
Radio TV Chadienne, Ndjamena, has reactivated their mw-transmitter on 840 kHz. Heard in Finland on Oct 27 at 16.59Z using their traditional interval-signal.
Jorma Mantyla, Finland via dxing.info fb group (28/10-2018)


27/10-2018

YEMEN
I monitored Voice of the Republic on 1170 kHz at 23:40-00:15 UT last night/this morning [26/27 Oct 2018], identifying in Arabic as Voice of the Republic.
1170 kHz is a channel recently vacated by the high-powered UAE transmitter which used to relay Radio Sawa. Al-Hudaydah city is currently under seige by anti-Houthi forces who control other parts of the province, I wonder if this transmitter is in Saudi Arabia though?
Reception was good via a web SDR in Qatar, nothing heard when I checked this morning at 06:15 UT this morning (daylight hours of course). You can hear a 1-minute edited clip of this at http://www.intervalsignals.net/yemen_vot_republic_261018.m3u
I cannot fully translate the referenced website because for some reason Google Translate will only translate the page banner. This does give the name of the station though and the 104.1 FM frequency.
Thanks to Rawad Hamwi for this tip via Glenn and DXLD!
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (27/10-2018)

SYRIA
So far, Radio Damascus is active on 567 kHz from Adra/Damascus and 783 kHz from Besira/Tartous.
Today, I noticed that it's active again on 936 kHz as well, from Homs/Ter Maela transmission facility.
Recent news stated that 85% of Homs's northern suburbs "where the transmitter is located" had been energized. The Syrian regime regained control over that area recently.
http://ouruba.alwehda.gov.sy/node/273300?fbclid=IwAR1Tgia8MMMz9-5JcIFyncyw8QDZEZjt5APeiKzz9oi2jOOn7aNpea-MbeE
Rawad Hamwi, Saudi Arabia? to DXLD yg (26/10-2018)

YEMEN
There is a new radio station, under the name of “Sawt Al Jomhouria” (Voice of the Republic) transmitting its programs on 1170 kHz.
It’s obvious and clear that this is a Yemeni station supporting the Arab coalition forces working over there. I did a little research over the internet, this station was created by the Yemeni’s "National Resistance Forces - Republic’s Guards" in "Al Hudayda" region and started its transmission on 5-June-2018 on 104.1 MHz at that region.
https://sahafahnet.net/show3504583.html?fbclid=IwAR3GGm7um2i_KSPCJ__btHtIH-XARP-a1jlkxF1TyaKnL83vUfpCqTbihnc
Rawad Hamwi, Saudi Arabia? to DXLD yg (26/10-2018)


24/10-2018

LATVIA
Radio Center from Moscow, Russia’s pioneer of Religious broadcasting has been granted 24/7 License in Latvia to deliver religious radio programming in RUSSIAN language into every RUSSIAN community on the territory of the European part of the former Soviet Union, including Russia, during a time when the Russian Government has restricted the public and private rights of some Christians and religious groups.
So, because of this and some other important restrictions and reasons "Radio Center" starts moving from Moscow to Riga. In the future, we will keep only a broadcasting studio in Moscow.
We have a very good signal in the dark time in a typical Moscow apartment! The next following test will be on the air on October 24th, 2018 at 22:00-00:00 Moscow Standard Time (MST) or 19:00-21:00 UTC (GMT) on AM 1485 kHz (Medium Wave).
The reception reports will be confirmed by QSL-card: rcrc@radiocenter.net
Thank you and God bless you!
Andrey Nekrasov in WRTH fb group (24/10-2018)

Now at 1900 religious programming in Russian on 1485 kHz via R. Merkurs, Riga.
Mauno Ritola in WRTH fb group (24/10-2018)


23/10-2018

NETHERLANDS
Waddenzee/KBC 1602 kHz has returned license to Agentschap Telecom.
Reason a.o. is the DAB+ obligation, which is part of the license.
The frequency 1602 kHz will be changed into some 100 W lowpower licenses, which can be applied.
CJN in DDXLK fb group (23/10-2018)
Radio Seagull can still be heard on 747 kHz with 100 watt (ed).


21/10-2018

SWEDEN
Asfalttelegrafen obviously on air again, with a loop on 1476 kHz.
1476amsweden@gmail.com
Alf Persson, NORDC yg (20/10-2018)


19/10-2018

GERMANY
Ortssender Wertingen: low power transmission on 801 kHz on October 28
http://www.radiomuseum-wertingen.de/mw-sender-801.html
Via Harald Kuhl (19/10-2018)


16/10-2018

UNID
There was a station playing non-stop soul music, (Mainly Aritha Franklin songs) on 1476 KHZ am on 15 October, and I found it around 1700 Hours UTC. It did not identify itself and switched off around 19.05 UTC. I think it was located in the UK, as there seemed to be very little sky-wave distortion and the signal was very strong, with good modulation, and also was tuned precisely onto the channel.
Can anyone throw any light on this?
I live in South Leicestershire, near to the Northamptonshire border.
Dave Angell (16/10-2018)


12/10-2018

INDIA
According to http://allindiaradio.gov.in/Oppurtunities/Tenders/Documents
/Neighbouring%20Countries%2010042018.pdf
, there is an Panjabi Service, broadcast at 0800-0830 h UTC on the medium wave frequency 702 kHz of „Akashvani Jalandhar“ (sounding to me like „Je’lendar“). This information is also given by the World Radio TV Handbook 2018, page 472, and at the subpage "All India Radio : External Services on Medium Wave“ of Jose Jacob’s https://qsl.net/vu2jos/.
Judging from an ongoing listening project on the internet streams at http://allindiaradio.gov.in, this information needs to be verified by actual listening in South Asia.
Listening to the Panjabi-stream on several days in October, I have established the following line up:
0800-0810 h: film music, announcement of platforms incl. "medium wave“ and upcoming news in Panjabi and Urdu
0810-0820 h: Panjabi news (13:40 h IST, as shown at
http://www.newsonair.com/News-Schedules.aspx
)
0820-0830 h: Urdu news (13:50 h IST, as shown at
http://www.newsonair.com/News-Schedules.aspx)
Some more obvervations:
(1) The general content of the Panjabi and Urdu news is identical as is the case with many other newscasts listed at http://www.newsonair.com/News-Schedules.aspx. This is shown by the repeat of names of persons, cities, countries, key words taken from English like „articial intelligence“ etc.
(2) The Panjabi news have the audio packaging also used by other central newcasts while in contrast the Urdu news do not.
(3) The Urdu newscast is also broadcast by Radio Kashmir, but not by the Urdu stream, which seems to be completely separate from all the others.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/10-2018)


11/10-2018

CANADA
"Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-385 [...] Ottawa, 3 October 2018
Radio Humsafar Inc [1350 kHz]. Brampton, Ontario
Public record for this application: 2018-0283-5
Ethnic commercial AM radio station – Technical changes
The Commission denies an application to change the authorized contours of the applicant’s unlaunched ethnic commercial AM radio station in Brampton, Ontario.
Background
In Licensing of new radio stations to serve Brampton, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-471, 21 October 2015, the Commission approved an application by Radio Humsafar Inc. (Radio Humsafar) for a broadcasting licence to operate a new ethnic commercial AM radio station to serve Brampton, Ontario. As set out in that decision, the new station would operate at 1350 kHz with a daytime transmitter power of 1,000 watts and a nighttime transmitter power of 45 watts (non-directional antenna). The Commission found that of the proposals received, that of Radio Humsafar best met the needs of the Brampton radio market.
In a letter decision dated 7 December 2016, the Commission approved an application by Radio Humsafar to change the technical parameters of the unlaunched station’s transmitter by relocating the transmitter site, changing the station’s service contours and decreasing the nighttime transmitter power from 45 to 40 watts. In that application, Radio Humsafar indicated that the originally approved transmitter site was no longer a viable option and that it had carefully selected a new site located in Brampton in close proximity to the original site. It added that using the new transmitter site would not alter the station’s broadcast contours, target audience and communities to be served, and would not alter the grounds on which the original application to operate the station was approved. In that letter decision, the Commission also imposed a new deadline of 7 December 2018 for the launch of the new station with the implemented technical changes to its transmitter.
Application
On 27 April 2018, Radio Humsafar filed another application relating to its unlaunched Brampton radio station. Specifically, it requested to change the station’s authorized contours by relocating the transmission site to an existing telecommunications tower in Mississauga, Ontario, almost seven kilometres south-east from the approved site in Brampton, and by changing the class of the transmitter from C to B. All other technical parameters would remain unchanged. This is therefore the applicant’s second request for a new transmitter site for its unlaunched station.
The applicant stated that the previously approved transmitter site is no longer a viable option given that it is not possible to “achieve all necessary coordination” at that site. Further, it argued that the new transmitter site would not affect the communities to be served, and would not alter the grounds on which its original application to operate the station was approved.br/> The Commission received an intervention in opposition to the present application from Trafalgar Broadcasting Limited (Trafalgar), to which Radio Humsafar replied.
Issues
When a licensee of a radio station files an application for a technical change, the Commission expects the licensee to present compelling technical or economic evidence justifying the change. Given this expectation, and after examining the information on the record for this application in light of applicable regulations and policies, the Commission considers that it should address the following issues: whether approval of the application would have an undue financial impact on incumbent radio stations; whether the licensee has demonstrated a compelling technical need for the technical changes; whether the requested changes are appropriate on a technical basis; and whether approval of the application would undermine the Commission’s licensing process.
Financial impact on incumbent stations
In its intervention, Trafalgar indicated that the proposed technical changes could cause interference to its ethnic commercial AM radio station CJMR Mississauga, and could therefore have an undue financial impact on that station. It also questioned how the applicant can be certain that approval of its proposed technical changes would not have a financial impact on other radio stations. In its reply, Radio Humsafar stated that it would remedy any valid interference complaints as outlined in the Department of Industry’s (the Department’s) regulations.
In regard to possible interference to CJMR, the Commission notes that it is the responsibility of the parties involved and of the Department to resolve any interference issues. Moreover, the Department has deemed Radio Humsafar’s application conditionally technically acceptable. The Commission further notes, however, that approval of this application would result in a significant increase in the overlap between the population that would be served within the primary service contour of the unlaunched station and the population currently served within the primary service contour of the ethnic AM radio station CINA Mississauga, operated by 1760791 Ontario Inc., which could have an undue financial impact on that station’s operations.
In light of the above, the Commission finds that approval of the requested technical changes could have an undue financial impact on an incumbent station.
Technical need for the proposed technical changes
Radio Humsafar submitted that the previously approved transmitter site is no longer a viable option for its unlaunched AM radio station. It added that it has been difficult to find a transmission site that suits the specific needs of its unlaunched AM radio station and at the same time abide by the approvals and bylaws established by the cities of Brampton and Mississauga. The applicant added that it has invested a lot of its time and money to secure a completely new transmitter site.
Radio Humsafar did not provide details, however, as to why the previously approved transmitter site was no longer viable. Further, it did not provide any information regarding the nature of the issues or any steps taken towards resolving the problems, including exploring other options that would allow it to maintain service to Brampton. Given that approval of the application would lead to significant changes to the unlaunched station’s Brampton service contours, the Commission considers that more evidence is needed to justify the proposed technical changes. Consequently, the Commission finds that Radio Humsafar has not demonstrated a compelling technical need for the proposed technical changes.
Appropriateness of the requested changes on a technical basis
In requesting technical changes to a radio station, the onus is on the applicant to demonstrate that the changes are appropriate on a technical basis (i.e., that the technical solution proposed will have the least impact on the market it was licensed to serve).
As noted above, in approving the original application to operate the Brampton AM radio station, the Commission considered that Radio Humsafar’s proposal best met the needs of that city’s radio market. Given that the currently proposed technical changes would move the unlaunched station’s primary service contour away from Brampton and into Mississauga, the population that would be served by the station would be significantly different than the population it was originally licensed to serve. Further, the applicant did not propose any other modifications to the station’s technical parameters that would compensate for the loss of coverage to Brampton and surrounding areas and did not provide any specific evidence to demonstrate that it had considered other possible sites or options that would allow the station to maintain service to that city’s radio market.
In light of the above, the Commission finds that the requested technical changes are not appropriate on a technical basis.
Integrity of the Commission’s licensing process
The Commission approved Radio Humsafar’s application for a broadcasting licence to operate the Brampton AM radio station following a public hearing where two other applicants had requested the same frequency to operate radio stations to serve that city. Radio Humsafar’s previous application to relocate the transmitter site for the unlaunched station substantially maintained coverage to Brampton with only a relatively small change to the size of the population to be served.
In the Commission’s view, any changes to the transmitter site approved in 2016 should maintain coverage of the original community the applicant was authorized to serve. Radio Humsafar’s requested technical changes would result in a significant shift of the station’s coverage away from the Brampton radio market and, consequently, in a significant decrease in the population the station was licensed to serve.
Consequently, the Commission finds that approval of the present application would undermine the integrity of the original licensing process during which the original application to operate the station was approved.
Conclusion
In light of the above, the Commission denies the application by Radio Humsafar Inc. to change the authorized contours of its unlaunched ethnic commercial AM radio programming undertaking in Brampton.
Reminders
When requesting technical changes for radio stations, the onus is on the applicant or licensee to demonstrate technical and/or economic need and to provide sufficient evidence justifying those technical changes. Further, the applicant or licensee must undertake efforts to find a solution and provide sufficient evidence that the solution proposed will have the least impact on the market the radio station is licensed to serve.
As set out in the 7 December 2016 letter decision, Radio Humsafar’s unlaunched undertaking must be operational by no later than 7 December 2018. To ensure that any request to extend this authority is processed in a timely manner, the applicant should submit a written request at least 60 days before that date using the form available on the Commission’s website."
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-385.htm 3 October 2018
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (10/10-2018)


06/10-2018-2018

MEDIUM WAVE
Medium Wave Transmission Goes Big. An interesting article in RadioWorld about the MW transmsitters in Bonaire and Hungary
https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/medium-wave-transmission-goes-big
Ydun Ritz (6/10-2018)


05/10-2018

SPAIN
Since the last week of september, EAJ-29 Radio Intercontinental de Madrid (327 mts. 918 kHz), has gone off the air. The reason is unknown by me and other listeners, but the owners are technically in bankruptcy (or so), plus the facilities and antenna system is neglected (could been looted by cooper thiefs) and in semi-ruin, and the transmitter unit itself is very old (strong beating hiss in the unstable carrier).
In the later months, the transmitter faded his strenght and the level of modulation, and becaming an uneasy DX in my QTH, unlike as ten years ago, or so.
Guillermo Séz Valencia, España (5/10-2018)


30/09-2018

CANADA
The CBC has closed these two MW repeaters both of which have been replaced by FM:"
NB McAdam CBAX 600
NT Fort Smith CBDI 860
Andy Reid (29/9-2018)

INDIA
In the last days India played a cricket series against another country.
In central Germany the event which is reported on various channels could be heard at times well after 1740 which is the regular end of broadcasts of All India Radio. I heard the coverage on September 27 and 28 for instance on 747 (from Lucknow) at 1942. A male reporter said "…Going back to the All India Radio studios…".
Other channels where 846 (Ahmedabad) and 918 (Suratgar) between 1730 and 1930 fading in and out. At times the signals on all channels reached SIO 333.
Zeljko Crncic (29/9-2018)


28/09-2018

AFGHANISTAN
In the last days I heard on various occasions Radio Ashna on 1296 with a prg in Dari.
For instance on the 25 of September at 1720 with short jingle giving FM frequencies by woman. Then followed by man mentioning brievly "Radio Ashna" and going into political reporting.
The signal from Afghanistan was later covered by COPE from Valencia. The Parallel sw channel of 7495 from Taiwan carrying the same program can be of help to identify Radio Ashna under more difficult conditions.
On MW at times SIO: 333.
73 Zeljko (28/9-2018)


24/09-2018

ICELAND
Equinox bandscan
Tonight’s weather was cool with nearly clear skies around 2300Z when I went outside with the Panasonic set.
The LW band was “same as it ever was”.
The MW band showed signals on most every channel, but most of these were too weak or mixed up to hear anything intelligible. Still, much of what I did hear sounded Spanish, Arabic-like or East European.
I did hear Smooth Radio on 1152/1161/1170 kHz, but only one Absolute Radio repeater, on 1197 kHz. Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (24/9-2018)


22/09-2018

GERMANY
The MW masts at Heusweiler, Germany, once used on 1422 kHz with 1200 kilowatts were demolished yesterday. This report from mediamagazine.nl (translated from Dutch) includes link to film of the demolition:
Radio masts for medium wave in Heusweiler dismantled. On Friday evening the transmission masts for the medium wave were dismantled in the German Heusweiler. The masts were blown up around 7:30 PM.
Medium wave
The transmission masts in Heusweiler (Saarland) were put into operation in 1935. The Europawelle Saar program was broadcast for a large number of years via this channel at 1422 kHz. By using a very large capacity of up to 1200 kilowatts, the broadcasts of this programme could be heard in large parts of Europe.
Also in the former East Germany the channel was still to receive and was listened to a lot. From 1994 up to and including 2015, the national programme Deutschlandfunk was broadcast via this channel. From 2015, the broadcasts were stopped via the medium wave.
Digital
Radio is increasingly being listened to digitally and as a result it was no longer profitable to broadcast via the medium wave. The medium wave is no longer broadcast in Germany. Incidentally, there are still broadcasts on the long-wave from Germany. The French commercial radio station Europe 1 broadcasts at 183 kHz from Germany.
Dismantled
The "unemployed" radio masts were dismantled on Friday evening. Around 19.30 hours the connectors of the guy wires, which are connected to the transmitter mast, were blown up and the two transmitter 120 metre masts were destroyed. A small auxiliary mast in the neighbourhood was also blown up. In order to ensure that the dismantling is carried out safely, an adjacent highway was closed for a few hours.
Germany
The transmitter masts in Heusweiler were one of the last large masts that were used for medium wave transmissions and had not yet been dismantled. Earlier this year, radio masts were dismantled in Aholming, Donebach, Tannfeld and Nordkirchen.
https://mediamagazine.nl/duitsland-zendmasten-voor-middengolf-in-heusweiler-ontmanteld/
Direct link to film on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT67ju1hWRc
Alan Pennington, Sept 22, bdxc-news iog via DXLD yg (22/9-2018)


20/09-2018

MALDIVES
The relocation of Voice of Maldives AM transmission antenna field from Raalhugandu area in Male to the industrial island of Thilafushi is yet to be completed, according to an official at Public Service Media, in the Maldives. It looks as if though the project will take a few more weeks to complete. The AM transmission of Voice of Maldives on 1449 kHz has been off the air since the move to relocate the transmitter and antenna field commenced under a project financed by the Japanese government via the Japan's Non-Project Grant Aid Scheme. Japanese assistance will improve not only the transmission efficiency of Voice of Maldives but also the service provided to the people in remote islands through enhanced disaster warning and management capacity.
Sarath Weerakoon 4S5SL, Union of Asian Dxers via Wolfgang Büschel (20/9-2018)


17/09-2018

CANADA
Radio-Canada received approval on Sep. 6/2018 to convert CBSI-8 [IRCP] in La Romaine PQ 1550 MW to FM. The new station will operate at 99.9 FM with 50 watts.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-355.htm
Andy Reid (15/9-2018)

U K
Chris Williams of Manx Radio wrote on the Pirate Rulers of The Airwaves Relaunched Facebook group September 12, 2018
"Some good news for you here, we have extended the contract for Radio Caroline to use our AM 1368 transmitter for another year. Radio Caroline North will be broadcasting monthly for the rest of this year and throughout 2019.
With love from The Irish Sea."
Note: The next broadcast will be on the weekend of 22/23 September on 1368kHz, 648kHz and online via Radio Caroline/Manx Radio web sites until 9pm British time.
Mike Terry, WOR io group (15/9-2018)


13/09-2018

ARMENIA?
R. Ranginkaman [Radio Rainbow] is heard now testing on 1395 kHz.
http://radioranginkaman.org/
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (13/9-2018)


12/09-2018

U K
THIS Radio Liverpool 1350 kHz.
Another recent extension of a Low Power AM licence (compared to my research of all licences some weeks ago) is for THIS Radio (1350 kHz) in Liverpool (c/o Liverpool Hope University College, Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD, http://www.thisradio.co.uk incl. web stream).
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/rsls/longterm-rsls/lrsl000144ba2thisradio.htm
gives the new expiry date of 3 November 2023. THIS is an abbreviation of „The Hope Institute of Sound“. The campus station started in 2003 as Radio Hope.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/9-2018)


09/09-2018

U K
HCR 1386 kHz LPAM.
Ofcom has recently extended the Low Power AM licence of HCR (Halesowen College, Whittingham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3NA, hcr@halesowen.ac.uk) until 14 September 2023.
(http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/rsls/longterm-rsls/lrsl000143ba2hcrhalesowen.htm)
Just some weeks ago, it ran until 14 September 2018.
The driving force behind the station is Dr Stan J. Petraitis. In 1998, he started Halesowen College Radio. Back then, „HCFM“ used FM modulators around the college. In 2003, the decision was made to acquire a LPAM licence for the radio station to broadcast on 1386 kHz AM. Beginning in 2007, the station has also broadcast online. In another recent development the station has a new internet site at http://www.hcr1386.co.uk/ (partly still under construction). Until recently, the URL redirected automatically to ​https://www.facebook.com/hcr1386.
​Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/9-2018)

MALDIVES
AM transmissions of the Voice of Maldives, 1449 kHz [10 kW] is now off the air. The station is currently in the process of relocating the antennas of its MW transmitter from the eastern edge of Male to Thilafushi, about 7 km from the Maldivian capital.
1449 kHz is expected to resume broadcasts from 15 September, once the antennas are installed at Thilafushi, an artificial island built on reclaimed coral reefs used by Male Municipal to dump garbage. The MW antennas of Voice of Maldives were operating at an open space in Henveiru area, east of Male island, very close to the sea front.
The newly constructed 1.39 km long China - Maldives bridge across the sea, connecting Male and Hulumale acquiring a part of land mass near the antenna block in Henveiru for road access to connect to the bridge may have compelled Voice of Maldives to seek a new location in Thilafushi to fix the antennas.
The coverage of Voice of Maldives is about 90% of the Maldives via MW (Medium Wave transmission) on 1449 kHz; the remaining 10% is covered using small FM transmitters via a radio uplink/downlink from satellites.
Following are the radio stations on MW and FM
Voice of Maldives - 1449 AM Male
Raajje FM - 91.0 FM Male
Radio 1 (Radio Eke) - 103.8 FM Male
Radio 2 - 89.0 FM Male
Radio Atoll - 96.0 FM Male
Capital Radio - 93.6 FM Male
Dhi FM - 95.2 FM Male
Far Away FM - 96.6 FM Male
HFM - 92.6 FM Male
Sun FM - 94.6 FM Male
Sarath WeerakoonCLN 4S5SL, Union of Asian Dxers, Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews (7/9-2018)


05/09-2018

ITALY
Today a new licensed station has started broadcasting on MW from Coltano (near Pisa in Tuscany) in the central part of Italy. Its name is Radio Coltano Marconi and the frequency is 1305 kHz. The station name was not chosen by chance. Coltano, in fact, is the historical site in Italy from where Guglielmo Marconi sent in 1910 the first wireless messages.
The station streams at this web address which also explains its objectives: https://www.radiocoltanomarconi.it/#about
The station address is: via Palazzi 21, 56121 Coltano (PI), ITALY.
Antonello Napolitano, MWC fb group (5/9-2018)

GERMANY
The antenna masts at Heusweiler to be dismantled on September 21st. The masts were used by first Europawelle Saar and then Deutschlandfunk 1422 kHz (1421 kHz until 1978).
https://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/saarland/saarland/heusweiler-sendemasten-an-der-a8-werden-abgebaut_aid-32512813
Wolfgang Büschel, mwdx yg (5/9-2018)


04/09-2018

U K
Lyca Dil Se London 1035 kHz.
Ofcom has extended the broadcasting licence of Lyca Media II Limited (3rd Floor, Walbrook Building, London E14 9SG, https://www.lycadilse.com/) for Lyca Dil Se by five years. The station broadcasts an Asian format for Greater London on 1035 kHz.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-august-2018 4 September 2018 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (4/9-2018)

NETHERLANDS
As announced earlier, Radio Bloemendaal will give up its AM operation (1116 kHz) after many technical failures this year. The historic medium wave broadcaster (*1924) now gives an official date, although I understand the transmitter is down anyway: "As you have been able to read, we stop broadcasting after 1 October, we are going to concentrate fully on the internet. One of the possibilities to continue listening to us is an internet radio. That is a device similar to a regular radio, only the signal does not come from the air but via internet and WIFI."
Google translation of https://www.radiobloemendaal.nl/nieuws/08-08-2018/Internet-radio/17721819 via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
(4/9-2018)

U K
Radio Aire 2 Leeds (828 kHz).
Ofcom has extended the broadcasting licence of Radio Aire Limited (Castle Quay, Castlefield, Manchester M15 4PR, https://planetradio.co.uk/aire-2/) for Radio Aire 2 in Leeds by five years. The station plays "the greatest hits from the 70’s and 80’s with a sprinkle of megahits from the 60s and 90s thrown in for good measure. Classic songs that stand the test of time and sound as good today as they did when you first heard them.“ It is noteworthy, that in the case of Northsound 2 Bauer let the medium wave licence go. So the group seems to see some future for AM at least in certain areas of England.
Radio Aire 2 is the AM sister service of Radio Aire and broadcasts to West Yorkshire on 828 kHz. When the channels split on 17 July 1990, the AM service was named Magic 828. After Emap bought Radio Aire and Magic 828 in 1995, they brought the Magic brand to the other AM stations in the group, creating Magic 1161 (Hull), Magic AM (Sheffield), Magic 1152 (Newcastle), Magic 1170 (Teesside), Magic 999 (Preston), Magic 1548 (Liverpool) and Magic 1152 (Manchester). Beginning in 2001 different forms of networking were used. 2015 the station saw a return to the name Aire as Radio Aire 2 although networking with other Bauer stations continued.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-august-2018 4 September 2018 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (4/9-2018) with some information condensed from the wikipedia entry on Radio Aire 2 at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Aire_2


31/08-2018

ETHIOPIA
At this time of the year the possibility rises to hear signals from the region in central Europe. So the last evenings short after 1830 V. o Tigre Revolution came in on 1359 with talk and the easily detectable sound of the drums when local music was played. 5950, the short wave frequency of the station can also be used for identification. Signal in the last days was at SIO: 222.
Zeljko (31/8-2018)


30/08-2018

U K
Press release 30 August 2018:
"Absolute Radio [1215 kHz] is turning ten this September, and to celebrate, the station are creating a series of special on-air moments throughout the month. Esteemed broadcaster, Mark Goodier is returning to the radio station to host a series of classic album playbacks for the station. He will present five albums over the five Saturdays in September, starting 8th September. Meanwhile, Danielle Perry will be celebrating the very best in live music, replaying exclusive Absolute Radio gigs from Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics and more. Performances from the last ten years will be played on Live Music Thursday, every Thursday at 9pm throughout September. You’ll also be able to watch some of the classic gigs online, including Elbow at St. Paul’s Cathedral, at absoluteradio.co.uk/live.
In addition, the station is running a poll to select the ‘Song of Our Decade’, for the greatest track since Absolute Radio launched in 2008. With the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Coldplay and Florence + the Machine all shortlisted, listeners can vote for their favourite online at absoluteradio.co.uk. The Top 100 ‘Songs of Our Decade’, will be revealed by host, Leona Graham as part of her No Repeat Guarantee programme. The ultimate favourite will be announced on Friday 28th September.
As previously released, Absolute Radio will also host a birthday gig at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, with Manic Street Preachers, George Ezra and Blossoms all performing. The special gig hosted by Dave Berry and Danielle Perry, sold out in just five minutes when tickets went on sale on Friday 3rd August. The station will air the performances live with exclusive interviews from the artists, hosted by Pete Donaldson on Tuesday 25th September from 7pm."
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About Absolute Radio:
Absolute Radio is a national radio station where ‘Real Music Matters’, wrapped up with lashings of personality and mischief from presenters including Frank Skinner, Jason Manford and Dave Berry who have the freedom to say what they think and tell it like it is. Absolute Radio also has a network of digital decade brands; Absolute Radio 60s, Absolute Radio 70s, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio 00s and Absolute Classic Rock.
Listen to Absolute Radio on 105.8FM in London and the South-East, 105.2FM in the West Midlands, nationally on DAB or 1215AM, online, via the official mobile app digital TV or voice-activated device. For more information log on to www.absoluteradio.co.uk.
https://www.bauermedia.co.uk/newsroom/press-releases/absolute-radio-turns-ten via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/8-2018)


28/08-2018

INDIA
Demand for revival of Kokrajhar AIR radio station [1512kHz/ed]
In a fresh move, as many as nine democratic organizations including All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-Progressive), All Bodo Women’s Welfare Federation (ABWWF), Dularai Boro Harimu Afat (DBHA), All Radio and Television Artistes’ Association (ARTAA), Boro Somaj, All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS) and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) have demanded immediate reactivation of All India Radio (AIR), Kokrajhar station of Assam by installing digital recording equipments, high tech studio and 10 KW FM Service.
The organizations in their letter to the Ministry of Broadcasting and Director General, Akashvani Bhavan, New Delhi slammed the concerned authority for failing to take effective measures to reactivate the lone radio station in BTC region. The democratic organizations recently have sent their reminder copy to the Ministry of Broadcasting, Director General of Akashvani Bhavan and Deputy Director General (E) of AIR, Guwahati through Deputy Commissioner, Kokrajhar for taking up stringent measure to reactivate the AIR, Kokrajhar station which is lying defunct in the name of repairing since the past one year.
Their demands included immediate completion of repairing works of AIR, Kokrajhar station and installation of digital machineries, up-gradation of existing 20 KW Medium Wave and introducing 10 KW FM Service, up-gradation of existing LPT Relay TV Centre attached with AIR, Kokrajhar station to full-fledged production centre, adequate officers and staff including transmission executives and removal of existing director of the station Akilesh Prasad Singh for his alleged negligence towards the radio station.
The memorandum stated that the All India Radio (AIR), Kokrajhar station was officially launched on August 15, 1999 at Kashipara of Bhotgaon near Kokrajhar, the head quarter of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
The AIR, Kokrajhar station was a long felt demand and is the lone station in the region.
Northeast Now https://nenow.in/north-east-news/assam-demand-revival-kokrajhar-air-radio-station.html (28/8-2018)


27/08-2018

BONAIRE
While on Grassy Key (near Marathon, FL), I recorded TWR Bonaire on 800 kHz (using my PL-880 with its built-in ferrite-bar-loop antenna oriented appropriately). This was on 22-23 August UTC starting before the scheduled 21:30 UTC sign-on, for over five hours. No audio was detected until about 23:14 UTC when some barely audible English could be detected. I think I heard mention of QSL cards. Reception gradually improved to a listenable level during the English hour, which runs from 23:00 until 00:00 UTC with a listed power of 225 kW and the "Caribbean" beam (azimuth?).
There was a significant increase in signal level when Spanish programming started at 00:00 UTC. For this service, a listed power of 440 kW is used with a "North" beam (azimuth?). The transition seemed to take only a couple of seconds. Very good signal through to 02:30 UTC when I stopped recording.
Published schedule: http://www.twrbonaire.com/files/394/2018-05-07_800AM%20schedule.pdf
Richard Langley, WOR io group (27/8-2018)


26/08-2018

CANADA
810 kHz CKJS Winnipeg – Administrative renewal.
The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the ethnic commercial AM radio programming undertaking CKJS Winnipeg, Manitoba [Dufferin Communications Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba, 810 kHz, 10 kW], from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019, subject to the same terms and conditions as those in effect under the current licence.
This decision follows from CKJS Winnipeg – Conversion to the FM band, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-423, 30 November 2017 (Broadcasting Decision 2017-423), wherein the Commission approved the licensee’s application for a new broadcasting licence for an ethnic commercial specialty FM radio station in Winnipeg [92,7 MHz, 35 kW] to replace CKJS. As stated in the appendix to that decision, the licensee is authorized to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CKJS for a transition period of three months following the commencement of operations of the FM station. In Broadcasting Decision 2017-423, pursuant to sections 9(1)(e) and 24(1) of the Broadcasting Act and consistent with the licensee’s request, the licence for CKJS Winnipeg will be revoked at the end of the simulcast period.
According to Commission records, the new FM station has not yet commenced operations. As noted in the appendix to Broadcasting Decision 2017-423, the Commission reminds the licensee that the new FM station must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 30 November 2019, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before then. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before this date.
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-315 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-315.htm 24 August 2018 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (26/8-2018)

SWEDEN
My station ”Asfalttelegrafen” or ”Asphalttelegraph” in English got license from MPRT (Myndigheten for press, radio och TV) and PTS (Post and Telecom Agency) to broadcast rock radio on 1593 kHz with 200 watt ERP from Boraas City, South Sweden. I wait on a delivery on a sound compressor. I have done some hours of tests broadcast and today I finished the antenna work and have now all the power on the air.
The license start on 27th of August to 9 of September 2018.
This is a temporary station 2 weeks before the national parliament elections, with some political messages only in Swedish and much Music from the 1970s.
Reception reports are welcome on 1593khz@gmail.com. Station ID in Swedish and English is coming.
Torleif Roos, Boraas Sweden (26/8-2018)


25/08-2018

IRELAND
The low power TX in County Sligo that broadcasts Laser Hot Hits [1476 kHz and 1494 kHz?] on occasions was back on air yesterday evening at around 2300 Hours U.T.C. relaying Coast FM from Tenarife. It had been silent for several weeks. The signal was fairly good, owing chiefly to the excellent conditionns on the band at this time.
Dave Angell (25/8-2018)


24/08-2018

NETHERLANDS
Radio SeaBreeze AM was observed on 747 kHz mediumwave at 07:30 UT on 24 August 2018, announcing as coming live from the [LV8 lightvessel] Jenni Baynton. Format is mostly English pop oldies presented in Dutch.
Reception was good via a web SDR in Groningen, Netherlands, and the station could also be heard in parallel with very poor reception amongst a clutter of low-power Dutch stations on their usual 1395 kHz.
SeaBreeze can also be heard on a live stream from their website at http://radioseabreeze.nl.
Other Dutch stations can be heard on 747 kHz at other times - Radio Seagull was observed there the previous evening.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (24/8-2018)


23/8-2018

NEW ZEALAND
More to the maybe closure of New Zealand's oldest Maori radio station Te Ūpoko o Te Ika [1161 kHz]
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/364609/closure-of-maori-radio-station-unimaginable
Mike Terry via WRTH fb group (23/8-2018)

NETHERLANDS
"From August 23rd to the beginning of September 2018, Radio Seagull [1602 kHz] will be broadcasting live from the Waddenzee and there will be the opportunity to travel out on our tender to visit. The journey time on the tender is around 45 minutes each way, plus you will have an hour onboard Jenni Baynton (Formerly LV8) complete with a conducted tour.
NEW: Tender trips to the ship on September 1st are now open for booking. Because of the interest in visits to our radio ship when out at sea, we have now opened bookings for extra trips with our tender the MV Ome Cor on Saturday September 1st.
If you are interested you can book by sending an email to 2018Buitengaats@Gmail.Com. We also still have some seats available on Saturday August 25th (8.30) and Sunday 26th
The price is €45 per person, but 3 people who book together will only pay €100. For more information or to make a booking, please e-mail 2018Buitengaats@Gmail.Com"
http://radioseagull.com/summer-2018-2/ via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (23/8-2018)


22/08-2018

NETHERLANDS
The radio lightvessel Jenni Baynton from Harlingen has anchored in the Wadden Sea for fourteen days from Wednesday. There are radio programs day and night, and people, who would like to visit Jenni Baynton, can do it during the weekends. Via the mediumwave transmitter AM 747 you can listen to Radio Seagull and other programs throughout Friesland and far beyond.
The bright red painted Jenni Baynton has to be put on the slope for maintenance and that requires 15,000 euros. "That's 15,000 more than we don't have", says Brouwer. Therefore the initiative to go offshore and to invite people for a guided tour. In this way they hope to receive donors and sponsors. "We will soon be at the end of the Pollendam." ( Omrop Fryslan )
https://www.nauticlink.com/nieuwsdienst/2018/08/22/111142194/vuurrode-radiolichtschip-jenni-baynton-twee-weken-op-wad-voor-harlingen/
Nico uit Gouda (22/8-2018)

CANADA
CFNV Montréal [940 kHz, 7954689 Canada Inc., Montréal, Quebec] – Licence renewal.
„The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the French-language commercial AM radio programming undertaking CFNV Montréal, Quebec, from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2023. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application. [...]
In AM radio stations in Montréal, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-721, 21 November 2011, the Commission approved an application for a broadcasting licence to operate this radio station. However, Commission records indicate that the station was not in operation for the majority of the current licence term. This short-term renewal will allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with its regulatory obligations over the course of the next licence term.“
Ottawa, 21 August 2018 Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-292 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-292.htm
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (22/8-2018)

CANADA
CKNT Mississauga [960 kHz, 8159203 Canada Limited, Mississauga, Ontario] – Licence renewal.
„The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial AM radio programming undertaking CKNT Mississauga, Ontario, from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2023. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application. [...]
In English-language AM radio station in Mississauga, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-722, 22 November 2011, the Commission approved an application for a broadcasting licence to operate this radio station. However, Commission records indicate that the station was not in operation for the majority of the current licence term. This short-term renewal will allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with regulatory requirements over the course of the next licence term.“
Ottawa, 21 August 2018 Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-294 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-294.htm
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (22/8-2018)


19/08-2018

MEXICO
XEROK Christianized. Reporting 8.19.2018 UT that XEROK 800 kHz is now running religious format! IDing as "Onda Cristiana Ochocientos AM" - "La Frecuencia Evangélica De Ciudad Juárez", playing Spanish Christian music, but something strange at 0730 UT, the old official ID was played making mention of being the home of the best grupero music?! I guess they haven`t had time to work on a new official ID to go with their new format.
SIO 333 mixing with XESPN (mostly) and KBFP making a brief appearance every several minutes.
73 de Luís H Esquivel, K6LHE, Pomona CA, to DX Listening Digest

INDIA
Vividh Bharati and FM Gold on 657 Khz in DRM mode with 200 KW Medium wave TX Power from Amtala near Kolkata.
https://radiowaveshunter.blogspot.com/2018/08/all-india-radio-vividh-bharati-fm-gold.html
Debanjan Chakraborty, DRM - Digital Radio Mondiale´FB group (19/8-2018)

TONGA
A new AM transmitter has been commissioned for Tonga's state broadcaster in a move that is expected to strengthen disaster preparedness.
The CEO for the ministry responsible for disaster management, Paula Ma'u, said the new digital transmitter marks an important step towards the implementation of an enhanced and complete early warning system for the whole country. The Tonga Broadcasting Commission's AM frequency is the only one accessible everywhere in Tonga. Mr Ma'u said the service was the best medium to broadcast not only educational and informational content but also deliver 24 hour warnings and instructions during times of emergency.
He said the new AM service could even save lives in times of disasters.
The Broadcaster's underground connection from the station in Fasi to the transmitter in Popua was badly damaged during February's Cyclone Gita, forcing the state broadcaster to use a temporary frequency until now.
The new transmitter was funded by the World Bank Pacific Resillence [sic] Programme to the tune of $US440,000. Details here:
https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/364329/tonga-s-tbc-strengthened-by-new-digital-transmitter
Mike Terry, WOR io group (18/8-2018)

We know it must be 1017 kHz, but RNZ are grossly deficient in never specifying it. Also, Digital? So it`s IBOC, or DRM? Surely not. Must mean it`s a modern transmitter with digital components for ordinary analog transmission - unless "digital" receivers are being handed out to all Tongans. A "temporary frequency"? What was that, you mean from Nuku`alofa? Or you mean a temporary location? Or a temporary transmitter at same location?
Glenn Hauser, DX Listening Digest io group (19/8-2018)

CANADA
License surrendered for CIVH 1340 Vanderhoof. Programming moves to existing CIRX FM rebroadcaster
Vista Radio received approval today to revoke the license for CIVH 1340 in Vanderhoof, B.C. The tower was destroyed this past winter when a snowplow accidentally ran into a guy wire.
CIVH programming was then moved to CIRX-1 95.9 in Vanderhoof which was a 1,000 watt rebroadcaster of CIRX 94.3 in Prince George. It appears as if this temporary arrangement has now become permanent, although the decisions do not specifically mention this.
CIVH 1340 VANDERHOOF REVOCATION OF LICENSE:
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-284.htm
Canadian Radio News, https://www.facebook.com/rwcrn published by Dan Sys, 15 August at 12:47
Andy Reid (18/8-2018)

NEW ZEALAND
Oldest Māori radio station, Te Ūpoko o te Ika, 1161 AM faces possible closure.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/106356596/oldest-mori-radio-station-te-poko-o-te-ika-faces-possible-closure
David Ricquish, WRTH fb group (18/8-2018)


17/08-2018

U K
Manx Radio’s AM 1368 service will be off air from 09:30am until 4:30pm today. It's to allow essential maintenance works to be undertaken on the transmitter.
To stay with Manx Radio, listeners should re-tune to 89, 97.2 or 103.7FM or listen via the Manx Radio smartphone app.
https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/am-transmitter-off-air-today/
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (17/8-2018)

U S A
WMEX Quincy, MA 1510 has been on the air from its new site shared with WBIX 1260 since the beginning of July, now 250 watts days, 100 watts nights rebroadcasting WATD-FM in Marshfield, the station owned by the new owner of WMEX. In mid-September WMEX plans to increase to 10,000 watts(currently being installed)during the daytimes and run its own programming in the mid-days and afternoons following the weekday morning news show shared with WATD.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMEX_(AM)
Info from local correspondent via Svenn Martinsen, DX-Listeners'Club FB group(17/8-2018)

ITALY
Onde medie italiane attive anche a Ferragosto. In questi giorni a Lodi il DXer Alessandro Capra ha ricevuto su 1602 kHz Radio 3 Network di Poggibonsi, Toscana, con segnale 8-9 e buona modulazione. A una sua specifica richiesta il titolare della radio ha fatto sapere che hanno migliorato il sistema d'antenna. Evidentemente hanno fatto un buon lavoro!
Tranlated by Google:
"Italian medium waves also active in mid-August. In these days in Lodi the DXer Alessandro Capra has received on 1602 kHz Radio 3 Network of Poggibonsi, Tuscany, with signal 8-9 and good modulation.
At a specific request, the radio owner has made it known that they have improved the antenna system. Evidently they did a good job!"
Giampiero Bernardini to DXing.info FB group (16/8-2018)


16/08-2018

CANADA
Extension granted for CHTO-1 1490 MISSISSAUGA
Canadian Hellenic Radio has until September 1, 2019 to get this 770 watt Greek language rebroadcaster of CHTO 1690 Toronto on the air. The applicant stated that it is taking much longer than anticipated to get this facility airbound.
Canadian Radio News FB group (16/8-2018)


15/08-2018

U K
Lyca Radio (London 1458 kHz, WRTH 2018: 125 kW) is no longer required to broadcast local news at least hourly during weekday daytimes (06.00 - 19.00 h). This comes as part of the repositioning of Lyca Radio as a national DAB brand across the UK. Lyca Radio was awarded a licence in December 2017 to broadcast on the national DAB SDL multiplex. Ofcom agreed with Lyca Media II Ltd that the main reason for listening to the station was the Asian music format and not the news content.
“Decision
Ofcom decided that the change, if approved, would not substantially alter the character of this service, and accordingly that the statutory criterion set out in section 106(1A)(a) of the Broadcasting Act 1990 was met in this respect. In reaching this view, we recognised that this licence was originally awarded (to Sunrise Radio, in 1989) to provide a specialist music and speech service to the Asian community within Greater London. Therefore, while providing some local (i.e. Greater London) news, including stories likely to be of particular interest to London’s Asian community, has always formed part of the station’s licence requirements, we considered that the local news requirement was not as central to the overall character of Lyca Radio’s service as it would be, for example, to a local radio station playing mainstream music and serving a broad audience.
Having been satisfied in relation to one of the relevant statutory criteria, we then considered this request under Ofcom's policy criteria, including our published localness guidance.
Our policy criteria recognises that AM stations are at a disadvantage in retaining listeners because of the relatively poor technical quality of the medium. Therefore, we have said that changes, including substantial changes, to AM station Formats will be more willingly agreed than would be the case for FM stations.
Furthermore, our localness guidance states that AM stations generally need not produce locally-made programmes nor broadcast local material.
In summary, therefore, Ofcom agreed this Format change request because it was satisfied in relation to one of the relevant statutory criteria, and for the two policy reasons outlined above.”
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-july-2018 7 August 2018
Via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (15/8-2018)


11/08-2018

U K
The LPAM-licence of Radio Gwendolen on 1287 kHz was extended until 17 August 2021.
Radio Gwendolen is the internal hospital radio service for the patients and staff at the Leicester General Hospital. Leicester's longest running hospital broadcasting service was set up in 1974 by 2 schoolteachers - Ray Lovejoy and Bernard Smith. They wanted to do something against the boredom experienced when being ill and in hospital.
According to http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/rsls/longterm-rsls/lrsl000113ba2radiogwendolen the original licence the LPAM-licence started on 18 August 2001. So the station seems to have started terrestrial broadcasting on medium wave around this date. (http://www.dxradio.co.uk/lpam/gwendo.htm says "27th September 2001".)
The station has a website and webstream at http://www.radiogwendolen.co.uk. The web address https://www.1287.co.uk/ given at https://www.hbauk.com/member-stations/profile/171 does not work.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (11/8-2018)


07/08-2018

U K
Radio Ninesprings AM Yeovil has surrendered the AM licence for Yeovil and South Somerset (https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-july-2018 7 August), it was awarded in May 2017. The community radio group was later awarded a FM licence.
Originally, Radio Ninesprings planned to launch on 104,5 MHz on 1 July. The launch date was postponed. It is now scheduled for 1 October 2018.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/8-2018)

SPAIN
A reaction on the latest post about 2 stations from Spain heard on 1269.
There are indeed 2 stations in Spain, one with 10, the other with 5 kW. Not RNE but Cope. Conditions are very good, that might be the reason that they can be heard over a long distance. And they are the only 2 stations on that channel, 1269 is a clear channel in most of Europe.
Ruud Poeze (7/8-2018)


06/08-2018

SPAIN
I heard the RNE, the Spanish national network on 1269 am on 05 August around 2300 hours. There were two signals beating with each other carrying the same programme with a very slight propagation delay, caused by them both taking their source signal from the webstream.
I haven’t heard Spain on this channel before, but they do pop up on some spurious frequencies from time to time for short periods.
Can anyone throw any light on this?
Dave Angell (06/8-2018)


02/08-2018

INDIA
AIR Kokrajhar 1512 kHz. Various Organizations Have Demanded the Removal of Director Engineer of Kokrajhar Station of All India Radio, Assam KOKRAJHAR, July 30:
Various organizations have demanded that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting should remove the Director Engineer of Kokrajhar Station, All India Radio, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, and have also threatened to take out a protest against the utter neglect towards the Kokrajhar AIR station. [...] (https://www.sentinelassam.com/news/various-organizations-have-demanded-the-removal-of-director-engineer- of-kokrajhar-station-of-all-india-radio-assam/ 31 July 2018.
Via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/8-2017)

CENTRAL ASIA
FEB [Fellowship of European Broadcasters] Snippets 30 July 2018:
TWR's new Silk Road Transmitter has opened the door to renewed and expanded broadcasting of God's Word to 60 million people across Central Asia. Many parts of this land of deserts, mountains, steppes and oases are populated by unreached people groups and are hostile to Christians. The 200,000-watt AM transmitter will be able to reach into 10 countries where evangelical believers account for less than 1 percent of the population. For many, this will be their first opportunity to hear the gospel.
Contact: info@twr.org
https://www.twr.org/project/silk-road-transmitter/
„In January 2017, we were forced to reduce some of our program airings into Central Asia due to a 150,000-watt AM transmitter being taken out of service. Broadcasting was reduced from three hours to two hours per day. Now God is leading TWR to install the Silk Road Transmitter, a powerful 200,000-watt AM signal, which will increase our coverage area over Central Asia during prime time and provide increased capacity for more programs that listeners want to hear.
To reach the roughly 60 million people scattered in the vast steppes of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the valleys of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and Northwest China with the good news of Jesus, TWR is stepping out in faith to install a 200,000-watt AM transmitter to renew and expand our Central Asia ministry.
TWR is seeking $593,000 to install and commission the Silk Road Transmitter and cover the first year of airtime. Will you prayerfully consider joining us?“
http://www.truthnetwork.com/2018/07/02/twrs-silk-road-transmitter-project/
„[...] March 30, 2003, TWR started broadcasting on a 150,000 watt AM transmitter into Central Asia. At the time, when TWR purchased in Germany the transmitter for the PANI project, several used 100,000 watt AM transmitters were offered for sale by German state-owned broadcast companies. TWR purchased 3 of them at a very good price. One of those transmitters was installed at our transmitting site in Swaziland, Africa about 2 years ago.“
At the end of 2016, the 150,000 watt transmitter in Central Asian was taken out of operation. From TWR’s ministry point of view, we need a 200,000 watt transmitter. That would cover the most populated areas in Central Asia with a strong signal. This would only be possible by combining the two 100,000 watt transmitters (with a combiner) into one 200,000 watt transmitter.
We praise the Lord that the owner of the transmitting site accepted the concept we suggested for the replacement of the old transmitter. We see this as nothing less than a miracle from our Lord and a major breakthrough after years of negotiations to renew the Silk Road Transmitter. Another spiritual marker is the additional demand for airtime on the PANI transmitter for Afghanistan. In recent months other ministries approached us requesting airtime. After completing the Silk Road Transmitter project it will be possible to transfer Central Asian programs from PANI to the Silk Road Transmitter freeing airtime on PANI to be used for Afghanistan. An additional advantage is that the Central Asian programs will then be aired at prime time in the Central Asia countries resulting in greater spiritual impact. [...]“
Research by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/7-2018)

NETHERLANDS
Radio Bloemendaal (1116 kHz) off air.
Google translation of http://www.radiobloemendaal.nl/nieuws/03-04-2018/stormschade-januari-2018/17719186
27-07-2018: Radio Bloemendaal not yet to be received over the air. Unfortunately this week has failed to get the channel back to the "talk". It probably has to do with the drought. In addition to a wire between the masts, there is a large metal mesh net under the ground that is part of the entire installation. Due to the drought, the capacity of the grid is too small to provide a good countercapacity to the antenna wire. The transmitter therefore can not lose its power and stops it. We hope, just like many of us, a good rain shower. Then we will try again immediately. We keep you informed of developments via the website.
22-07-2018: Radio Bloemendaal can no longer be received over the air. Unfortunately, the transmitter failed today. Our apologies for that. This means that we can only be received via the internet at this time. At this moment we can not say anything yet when we are back in the air. We keep you informed of developments via the website.
Via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/7-2018)

U K
Heritage Radio to leave 1602 kHz for FM. On 25 July, the British regulator Ofcom announced the award of two new community radio licences in England. The new stations will serve communities in Manchester and Leicester. The licences are awarded for a five-year period.
One of the two new community radio licences has been awarded to:
Heritage Community Radio (British Muslim Heritage Centre), Whalley Range and surrounding areas in Manchester. Website: www.heritageradio.org.uk
Heritage Radio’s programming will predominantly serve the Muslim community in Whalley Range and surrounding areas in south Manchester. The station currently holds a licence to broadcast a community radio service on medium wave [1602 kHz] which it will surrender when the FM service commences.
Ofcom awards two new community radio licences 25 July 2018
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/two-community-radio-licence-awards
Via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (25/7-2018)


25/07-2018

UNID
Here's some info about the item [Unid on 159 Khz] that Dave Angell did on 21/07-2018.
Dave wrote that he heard a French speaking station within the time signal station on 162 Khz TDF in Allouis. Dave is probably hearing the cross modulation effect of Chaine 3 from Algiers on the signal from Allouis. This effect is also known as the Luxembourg effect. A wellknown effect on long wave.
Earlier, when more stations were operating on long wave, the effect was mosty audible on different channels in the evening and night conditions. This Luxembourg effect is also good audible every evening on the SDR Twente receiver.
In this link more info: http://wshu.org/post/luxembourg-effect#stream/0
W. Prins, Haren, The Netherlands (25/7-2018)


24/07-2018

NETHERLANDS
"Tests from the Jenni Baynton in Harlingen harbour are on air 747 kHz - 402 mtrs medium wave. Power around 100watts.
Radio 0511 Fryslans//1332 is relayed. 747 kHz will be broadcasting from the former lightship on the Waddenzee anchored off the coast from 23-8-2018 until 1-9-2018. Daytime JB 747 AM, at night Sietse Brouwer's Radio Seagull//1602 kHz.
Once again there is the possibility of visiting the ship at sea during that period with the tender Ome Cor from Harlingen. Visit and tour at a reasonable price.
Paul de Haan, Stevie Gordon"
Svenn Martinsen, DX Listeners' fb group (24/7-2018)


23/07-2018

U K
Radio Caroline’s 648kHz transmitter will be off air from 20.00UTC this evening (Monday 23rd July) until approximately 05.00UTC tomorrow morning.
John Hoad Faversham Kent UK (23/7-2018)


22/07-2018

AUSTRALIA
There is a number of AM to FM conversions happening in Australia. The following AM stations have already migrated - (sorry if some station info is missing - I'm just giving basic details to let DXers know which AM allocations are gone or are soon to go). Some conversions are just in the preparation stage (ACMA submissions) e.g. for 6VA Albany, 2AD Armidale, 2TM Tamworth (to name a few). Some will be just frequency swaps with the local TAB horse racing outlets which will move their service to the AM frequency now in use by the commercial broadcaster.
Many allocations will be a messy affair due to the ACMA's poor spectrum planning from times past. It will require shuffling a number of existing stations or translators. They just should have stuck to the AM to FM conversion process they started in the late 80s instead of giving stations supplementary commercial FM licenses and back when there were plenty of FM frequencies available --- unlike now --- before all the community, ABC and narrowcast licenses came on air.

WA
(Spirit radio) Karratha 1260 kHz now 102.5,
Exmouth 747 kHz now 102.9,
Paraburdoo 765 kHz now 94.1,
Tom Price (Red-FM) 747 kHz now 96.1,
(1089 kHz Collie went a couple of years ago and is now on 101.3)

VIC
3YB Warnambool 882 kHz swapped with the 3RPH outlet on 94.5. So 882 kHz stays on air but is now 3RPH.

Other stations set for conversion from AM to FM in 2018/2019:

NSW
2BS Bathurst (1503 kHz) most likely 95.1 FM,
2XL Cooma (918 kHz), 2GN Goulburn (1368 kHz), 2LT Lithgow (900 kHz), 2LM Lismore (900 kHz). [FM to be unknown?]
2BH Broken Hill was offered FM but elected to stay on AM (567 kHz).

TAS
7BU Burnie (558 kHz) to 100.9 FM,
7AD Devonport (900 kHz) to 98.9 FM.
7SD will also convert but will keep 540 kHz.
Note that 837 kHz Queenstown TAS is long gone (92.1 FM).

WA
6MM (1116 kHz) to 91.7 FM.
Geoff Wolfe Numeralla NSW Australia, DXLD io group via mwdx yh group (22/7-2018)


21/07-2018

UNID
I heard an unidentified French speaking station on 159 KHZ Long-wave, on the adjacent channel to the silent France Intair carrier. It was playing Popular music with a French-speaking DJ. I didn’t ge an ID as the signal was very weak, and faded considerably. This was on the night of 15 July. It has disappeared since.
Long wave signals do sometimes fade up on the sky-wave from some amazing distances, never to beheard again.
Dave Angell (21/7-2018)

U S A
890 KTXV relayer of CRI is OFF.
China Has Fallen. 7 days ago I turn the radio on 890 KC; all I heard was The Sound of Silence, no carrier, no modulation, no nothing. It was last Friday the 13th in which I turned on China and heard nothing but static. I don't know what's going on down there in Mabank.
Mark Sills, Dallas, Texas, July 20, DXLD.
This is about KTXV, 890, CoL Mabank TX, which had been a 24-hour relay of CRI, per NRC AM Log, U4 20000/250 watts, with STA of D3 20000. That means direxional-daytime only. Altho listed street address is in Houston, Mabank is in The Metroplex market, somewhat SE of Dallas next to Gun Barrel City.
Glenn Hauser, OK, DXLD io group (20/7-2018)


20/07-2018

U K
I am hearing Coast FM, [North Wales] back on 1494kHz with a clear ID. SIO 544 with very very light fading.
Noted at 2119 UTC - Armagh, Northern Ireland with a SDR Play RSP1A and Wellbrook ALA1530LN.
Jordan Heyburn, WOR io group (19/7-2018)

USA
I've been hearing a pirate since yesterday on 1650 AM. First just IDing as Classic 1650, now with WXLV in the callsign. Very few IDs yesterday, now many today, so the station seems to be evolving. Seems to be on constantly since I first noticed it yesterday.
They were playing country music yesterday, 40s and 50s music this morning, and now 60s music. Fading in and out, so not very nearby, and I can pick it up on an SDR about 100 miles away. At times up to S9+10 locally. I would think others in the Mid Atlantic should be able to hear this as well.
WXLV seems to be assigned to a NC TV station, and also used (informally I guess) by an Allentown college station. I compared against the latter's stream, and it was not the same.
HFU thread: https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,44425.0.html
Chris Smolinski, Westminster, MD USA, WOR io group (19/7-2018)


19/07-2018

USA
WWFD 820 [Washington DC] becomes first all-digital AM station.
https://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/headline_id=n35675
Les Rayburn, WOR io group (19/7-2018)


18/07-2018

U K
In answer to Hansjoerg's query regarding Dales Radio, I can confirm that the station is still on the air on 936 KHz from the Hawes transmitter site. I'm within ground-wave range but the signal is somewhat noisier than it used to be when Fresh Radio used the site. However, I'm led to believe that Dales Radio now operates at 150 Watts whereas Fresh was running 1 KW.
Ian Marsh (18/7-2018)

U K
936 kHz - Can anyone confirm that Dales Radio (Colvend, Hebden Road, Grassington, North Yorkshire BD23 5LB) is still on the air. The former web address http://www.dalesradio.co.uk is unavailable. The more recent http://www.dalesradio.co redirects to http://www.radioplayer.dalesradio.co/ but no webstream was available when checked. Dales Radio used to be on 936 kHz for additional coverage of areas not reached by their FM stations.
Dr.Hansjoerg Biener (18/7-2018)

U K
1179 kHz - Can anyone confirm that Radio BGWS (British Gurkha Welfare Society) is still on the air. The information at www.radiobgws.co.uk has not been updated for years and no web stream was available (even when checked at the limited time span 1145-1800 hours given as time of operation). The station seems to be missing in the country section of the World Radio TV Handbook, page 403, but is listed in the medium wave table, page 527.
Dr.Hansjoerg Biener (18/7-2018)

INDIA
AIR Nagpur (585 kHz) celebrated 70th Anniversary
https://airddfamily.blogspot.com/2018/07/air-nagpur-celeberated-70th-anniversary.html
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018.
Via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (18/7-2018)

U K
Radio Caroline / Ross Revenge Radio Ship / Radio Caroline North is back on the air this weekend (21/22 July) live from the Ross Revenge with a great line up of DJs. Listen on 648 AM, online and on Manx Radio 1368 AM. Join us for more memories and prizes from our web shop.
Your emails are always welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk - the only address that gets you straight through to the onboard studio.
Mike Terry, mwdx yg group (18/7-2018)

BELGIUM
The belgium transmitter at Wavre 621 kHz seem to suffer technical problems since quite a long time. I am located less than 200km from this site and can estimate a low power operation since the end of June.
They will practise a "no touch" policy until the end of their transmissions at all.
Walter Barteczek (18/7-2018)


17/07-2018

SWEDEN
For several years now, the Hörby Radio Association HRF (in collaboration with Experimenterande Svenska Radioamatörer and Sveriges Radiohistoriska Förening) organises a history radio day in September.
This year's VeteranLjuddagen will take place on 1 September. On this occasion there will be low power broadcasts on Hörby’s former medium wave frequency:
"During a 14-day period beginning one week before Veteran Audio Day, Hörby Mellanvåg will broadcast at 1179 kHz, 254 meters! Even this year, we have been granted permission from PTS to send midwave on Hörby's old frequency.“ (Google translation of http://veteranljuddagen.se/veteranljuddagen%202018.html)
In 2017, broadcasts started on 22 August. Reception reports were welcome at: 1179@veteranljuddagen.se.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (17/7-2018)


16/07-2018

BELGIUM
Last Wednesday, I have been listening to RTBF on 621 kHz, and I noticed something strange. As we already know, the schedule used to be 5h to midnight local time (i.e. 0300z to 2205z in summer) until last June. In the night, when there was no broadcast, the transmitter was turned off completely.
Now the schedule is 6h to 20h local time (0400z - 1805z). The modulation actually ends after the 1800z news, but the carrier does not go off any more. In fact, according to the Twente WebSDR archives, the transmitter stays on 24/7 since June 30th, broadcasting silence all the night long!
This is, let's say, very surprising, because the reason given for changing the broadcast schedule is electricity saving. I wonder what is going on; I sent an email to lapremiere@rtbf.be asking why the carrier remains on, they did not answer yet.
73 Vincent F4HPZ (16/7-2018)

U K
The website of Betar Bangla (1503 kHz) is found under the address http://www.betarbangla1503.net. Former domain names www.betarbangla.net and betarbangla.org.uk are not in use any more and do not link to the new domain.
The programmes are streamed at http://live.canstream.co.uk:8000/betarbangla.mp3 but the audio was not good when checked. Betar Bangla is a Community Radio Station with a full broadcasting licence from OFCOM since 2010. Before getting their own licence, they had 2 hours via Sound Radio on the same frequency 1503 AM since 2002.
According to http://www.betarbangla1503.net/about-us/, Betar Bangla has 80,000+ listeners on medium wave and 180,000+ listeners on line.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/7-2018)


15/07-2018

U K
On 5 July 2018, Radio Tyneside activated its Community Radio Licence and launched on 93.6 MHz.
The hospital broadcasting service for the RVI, Freeman and Queen Elizabeth hospitals – which has been in operation since 1951 – has been granted by OFCOM a Community Radio Licence to broadcast to the Newcastle and Gateshead areas, promoting health and wellbeing for the 50+ age group.
This means that FM replaces the medium wave Long term RSL for 1575 kHz.
See: 93.6FM Launch. Live from 12 noon on Thursday 5th July 2018
http://www.radiotyneside.co.uk/f18/main/posts/article.php?post_ref=20
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (15/7-2018)

U K
1521 kHz Flame CCR.
We hope to be back soon
1521 Medium Wave remains silent and will continue to be off air for several more days awaiting repair and maintenance.
However we continue loud and clear via our webcast service and welcome to the world of internet radio. There is no extra cost to you, download your fave app and search for Flame Christian and Community Radio and add us to your faves. We recommend Radio Player as this also gives you access to our Listen Again service, but Tune In and Xiialive apps are also highly recommended. You can also listen by clicking the LISTEN button on our Home page and on Internet Radio
http://flameradio.org/we-hope-to-be-back-soon/
July 7, 2018/0 Comments in News by Norman.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (15/7-2018)


10/07-2018

IRELAND
Radio North 846 KHz (unlicenced) from Donegal seems to be absent from 846 at present.
Their internet stream is working. Listening NW coast Isle of Man where we usually have a strong signal.
(Reported heard again at 13:00UTC.)
Les Kaighin, MWC facebook group (12:00UTC 10/7-2018)


02/07-2018

ALGERIA
On 30 June and also on 01 July, Alger Chaine 1 was putting an extremely strong signal into the UK on 891 KHZ after dark. Very good reliable signal with narrow-band but clear modulation.
Maybe they will be using this frequency regularly again. It could well be using 700 KW, but as the hop here in the UK after dark is shorter than it is in Winter, the signal strengths vary dramatically, with the closer sky-wave signals coming in louder in the Summer, and the strong DX stations all being much weaker in strength.
Dave Angell (02/07-2018)

SRI LANKA
1548 khz (MW) Trincomalee, Sri Lanka absent for many days now.
Jose Jacob, WRTH facebook group (2/7-2018)


01/07-2018

U K
Cyber Gold new on 1602 kHz, launched July 1st. Heard at my location in southern DNK at 12:32 UTC using the NRD 525 and 30 m longwire. Very nice oldie-mx. On air on 1602 kHz 05:00-17:00 UTC.
Identifying as "Cyber Gold - the oldie station; from the radio ship "Love and Peace" anchored up in international waters of Fantasy Island"!      :-)
https://www.cyberradio.co.uk/cyber-news/cyber-gold-to-launch
Ydun Ritz (1/7-2018)

ALGERIA
This saturday 30.06.2018, since 2000 UTC, I noted in the 891 channel, the sound of Alger Chaîne I.
By my ear, I don't feel they're using full 600 kW, but is far stronger and clearer than the 981 kHz signal. And I noticed that the new signal in 337 mts. 891 is notabily narrow in comparision other carriers, local and from abroad, available on my QTH (Valencia, Spain). SINPO is 45444 using a SONY IFC-M260.
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia Spain (30/6-2018)


26/06-2018

NETHERLANDS
KBC radio will stop ther transmissions at 1-7-2018 at the 1602 will be take over by cyber gold.
It's all happening on Sunday July 1st when we launch our new radio station – CYBER GOLD in the UK and Netherlands.
Following on from our successful Sixties Sunday show on Cyber Rock, CYBER GOLD will travel back to the sixties and broadcast the very best 60s music from the MV Love and Peace "at anchor in the International waters of the North Sea".
CYBER GOLD will be available everyday from 06:00 to 18:00 on DAB+ in London and the Home Counties and in the Netherlands on AM 1602 and DAB+.
The station will also be heard nationwide via online and mobiles.
Evening programmes from 18:00 to 06:00 will feature progressive and alternative Rock music.
Comments Tatiana Safonova CEO of Cyber Digital Radio: "We are really excited about the launch of CYBER GOLD - Our marketing department has identified there is a massive potential high net worth listenership that remembers the 60s offshore radio stations fondly and love sixties music, we expect to sell out most of our commercial airtime over the summer period.
Our aim is to make CYBER GOLD sound fresh and re-capture all the fun from what was a wonderful period in radio and music history."
73 Andre Schokker (26/6-2018)


24/06-2018

IRELAND
The transmitter on 1494 am broadcasting from Sligo in Ireland was active again in the early hours of Sunday 24 June, outputting Laser Hot Hits. It was a weak signal here in the UK, but had good quality modulation.
This signal tends to be speradic and to disappear for weeks at a time.
Dave Angell (24/06-2018)


22/06-2018

ICELAND
Summer solstice bandscan.
It stopped raining, what little rain there was, as I went outside with the radio at ca. 2235Z.
As I did expect, the MW band was weak. I could hear the big UK transmitters, and that was it.
The LW band gave me a bit of a surprise. No because signals were booming in – they weren’t – but because of hearing BBC bouncing off of the French transmitter on 162 kHz. Tuning low, to 160 kHz, gave the best reception. As far as I could tell, it was the same as whatever was going out on 198 kHz. Some sort of Luxembourg effect? No idea.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (22/06-2018)


21/06-2018

U K
Absolute Radio has closed the following transmitters
1197: Wallasey (18th June)
1215: Hull (19 June)
In addition, for Absolute Radio, Plymouth and Swindon transmitters are also reported to have closed.
James Robinson (20/6-2018)


20/06-2018

BELGIUM
RTBF Belgium 621 kHz. This morning at 04.00 UTC, the station came on straight away, no interval signal, but when I tried it after listening to Kalundborg weather forecast at 15.55 UTC, the station was already off the air, so it went off much earlier than the 18.00 UTC quoted in your Medium Wave News. It looks as if the station is going to go off permanently very soon, I wonder if it will be 30th June?
I am only guessing.
Keith Rann (20/6-2018)


19/06-2018

CANADA
CKNT Mississauga ON is on the air at 960kHz. Power: 2/.28kWs. They are playing classical music with a test announcement giving out the calls, a phone number and gmail address.
Andy Reid (19/6-2018)


18/06-2018

BELGIUM
RTB-F slowly leaving the MW. Since May 31st on 621 kHz, only from 0400 to 1800 UTC.
Full details (in French) below.
https://www.rtbf.be/lapremiere/article/detail_la-rtbf-prepare-la-fin-de-la-diffusion-en-ondes-
moyennes-am-de-la-premiere-et-de-vivacite?id=9948670&utm_source=lapremiere&utm_campaign=social_share&utm_medium=email_share

Christian Ghibaudo (18/6-2018)


14/06-2018

U K
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for [Hospital] Radio Tyneside [1575 kHz]
"Radio Tyneside is delighted to announce that today Buckingham Palace has granted our organisation The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, which award is the MBE for charity.
We are really honoured to have received this award and proof of the outstanding work that our volunteers go to for the organisation. Following on from winning three awards at the recent National Hospital Radio Awards, the organisation will soon be broadcasting on FM as a hospital and community radio station for Newcastle and Gateshead. 2018 is turning out to be a great year for us."
Dave Nicholson Chairman, Radio Tyneside.
The station hopes to announce the date of the FM launch and the frequency we will be broadcasting on very soon.
http://www.radiotyneside.co.uk/e16/documents/news-2018-06-02-qavs.php
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.
The unique UK national honour was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (14/6-2018)


07/06-2018

CANADA
On 1 June 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission renewed the broadcasting licence of Vista Radio Ltd. for CKWL Williams Lake (British Columbia). The new licence runs from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2025. CKWL 570 kHz (1 kW) rebroadcasts the programmes of CKCQ-FM 100.3 FM in Quesnel, British Columbia. (Stream: http://www.mycariboonow.com/stream/ckcq/).
Information on the station’s history can be found at http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listing_and_histories/radio/ckwl-am.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-198.htm with additional information researched by
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/6-2018)

CANADA
On 1 June 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission renewed the broadcasting licence of Maritime Broadcasting System Limited for CKDY Digby (Nova Scotia) and its relay transmitter CKDY-FM (103,3 MHz) Weymouth. The new licence runs from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2025. According to http://avrnetwork.com/on-air/ckdy-on-air-in-digby/ 1420 CKDY is delivering „Today’s Best Country to Digby and the surrounding area“ (Stream: http://mbsradio.leanplayer.com/CKENFM).
Information on the station’s history can be found at http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listing_and_histories/radio/ckdy-am.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-198.htm with additional information researched by
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/6-2018)

FRANCE
Bretagne 5 (1593 kHz) is back again; heard June 5th and 6th.
Nico from Gouda (6/6-2018)

U S A
KJNP North Pole (Alaska) (1170 kHz, 50 kW) at reduced power.
„Starting Monday June 04, 2018 KJNP AM will be operating at reduced power while we replace our Main Antenna tower. The initial cost estimate we came up with for the whole project was between $ 200,000.00 and $ 300,000.00. As of June 01, 2018 we have received gifts of $ 136,761.40 towards this, we have spent $ 224,061.78.“ (http://www.mosquitonet.com/~kjnp/index.html)
KJNP ("King Jesus North Pole") was founded by Don and Gen Nelson in 1967. The station is located just outside North Pole, Alaska. The staff live on the grounds surrounding the station building. KJNP AM, one of four 50 kW-AM-stations in Alaska, is on air approximately 19 hours a day with a religious format (Country/Gospel music, news, Bible, children's and family oriented programmes). KJNP AM serves the Fairbanks area and remote villages in Alaska in a radius of 200 miles in the summer and at an unknown distance in the winter months. KJNP Radio also puts its AM programming on local FM Translators in the region.
Information taken from the internet site via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/6-2018)


03/06-2018

FRANCE
Due the bad weather in Britanny, Bretagne 5 (1593 kHz) is OFF the air now
https://www.bretagne5.fr
Christian Ghibaudo to WRTH fb group (3/6-2018)


01/06-2018

U K
Moorside Edge Transmitter - Essential work affecting listeners in the North of England - Radio 5 Live
There will be a daily interruption of BBC 5live on 909 kHz medium wave in the north of England (Yorkshire and Humber, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside) from Tuesday 29th May 2018. We need to complete once-in-a-decade maintenance on the masts and guy wires at the Moorside Edge transmitting station. BBC 5live transmitter will need to be will be switched off, to create a safe environment for the teams working on the masts, between 09:00 and 17:00 each day for around twelve days. Work may start earlier (from 07:00) at weekends.
The 5live transmitter will be switched off only when absolutely necessary. If there are days when no work is taking place (because of bad weather, for example), we will keep the transmitter on. On air, announcements will be made before we turn the transmitter off each day.
This only affects BBC 5live on 909kHz medium wave in the north of England. 5live will be available as normal on digital radio and digital TV, through the 5live website and the BBC iPlayer Radio app. Listeners in some areas might also be able to tune to 693kHz medium wave.
However, you can use our Transmitter Checking tool which will give you an exact view of the current status of the transmitter and any recent changes.
We’re sorry for any disruption to your listening that this may cause.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/engineeringnews/item152 Date: 29.05.2018
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/6-2018)


30/05-2018

ITALY
Friuli-Venezia Giulia: press release from Free Radio AM-RDE 1584 kHz.
Free Radio AM - Radio Diffusione Europea is at the center of an attack on its credibility by illegal radio operators.
For several months, our station has been overcome by strong signals in the evening, with the intent to create disturbance and damage our image. Even more serious, this interference assumes the form of a real clone of our station. Our jingles and our voices are recorded and modified with obscene language.It is a fact, that this is a criminal project designed to make our broadcaster desist from continuing its emissions. The Ministry of Economic Development has been made aware of this situation in all the relevant stages since as early as January 2018. Despite numerous contacts and assurances, nothing has been done at least apparently until today.
The situation is worsening. Our surveys show that the cloned signals of our broadcaster are multiplying. We distance ourselves from any identifier that can transmit offensive jingles, blasphems and so on. We also await a serious, strong and definitive answer to this shame by the competent bodies as soon as possible.
We invite you to report to our editorial office any wrongdoing that can be heard on the so-called Radio Diffusione Europea specifying also the time and the reception area. Thanks for your understanding and good listening.
Ass. AM Group http://www.assamgroup.it/2018/05/20/comunicazione-agli-ascoltatori/ as translated by google, improved and shortened by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/5-2018)


29/05-2018

CANADA
The CRTC extended the licence of Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation for 560 CFOS Owen Sound, (http://www.560cfos.ca/, stream http://bayshore.leanplayer.com/CFOSAM):
- „The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial AM radio station CFOS Owen Sound, Ontario, from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2025. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.“ (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-181 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-181.htm 23 May 2018)
- „560 CFOS is the region's heritage AM station playing the oldies you want along with award-winning local news, weather, sports and talk shows. CFOS began broadcasting on March 1st, 1940. CFOS broadcasts at 560 kHz on the AM dial from Bayshore's downtown Owen Sound studios.“ (http://www.560cfos.ca/page.php?page=about)
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/5-2018)

ROMANIA
New public regional station in Transylvania (AM 1197, 1593 kHz and FM) planned.
"From 1 October 2018, Romania will have another public regional broadcaster. On 24 May, the Board of Directors of the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation decided to establish the new regional studio Brasov (Kronstadt). Radio România Brasov FM is formed by merging the sub-divisions Antena Brasovului of Radio Târgu Mures and Antena Sibiului of Radio Cluj. Brasov FM will serve the Transylvanian counties Brasov and Sibiu, where the presence of the public service media was so far only weak (according to the statement). The potential audience consists of the approximately 1 million inhabitants of the two counties and the numerous domestic and foreign tourists visiting the region. Radio România Brasov FM will broadcast from 1 October 2018, initially on 93.3 MHz FM and AM 1197 kHz for Brasov and 1593 kHz for Sibiu.
More FM frequencies will be added later.
The program will be predominantly in Romanian, but there will also be programs in the languages of local minorities, Hungarian and German."
Sorin Georgescu, German mailbag program of Radio România International, 27 May 2018,